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On a rare sunny morning in the northern Pacific Ocean, biologist Douglas Causey takes to the sea to conduct his research — binoculars in one hand, and a shotgun in the other.

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This week on Fronteras: 

--Federal judges have ruled that Texas’ controversial Voter I-D law violates the Voting Rights Act.

--New research says global warming threatens Texas’ economy.  A group of business leaders say the data makes a financial case for the reduction of greenhouse gases now.  

--A new digital app developed in Houston helps disaster victims file for assistance.

-- Two Dallas non-profits are working together to provide housing for homeless veterans.

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 Some energy companies and top Texas officials are threatening court action to block President Obama’s plan for deeper cuts in carbon dioxide emissions. Opponents of the cuts say they will be so costly companies will have to eliminate jobs.

The policy clash comes as San Antonio’s Henry Cisneros and other national business leaders are highlighting research that warns of deeper economic costs if the current level of greenhouse emissions continue.  

Pope Francis today issued a sweeping 184-page papal letter, writing that climate change is a global problem with far reaching environmental and social consequences — especially for the poor. He blamed apathy and greed and called on developing countries to limit the use of nonrenewable energy and to assist poorer nations.

A team of government scientists has revised its estimate for how much the planet has been warming.

The new results, published in the journal Science, may dispel the idea that Earth has been in the midst of a "global warming hiatus" — a period over the past 20 years where the planet's temperature appears to have risen very little.

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SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Jerry Brown says U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s views on climate change make the Texas Republican unfit to run for president and that he would entertain making another bid for the White House himself if he were younger.

Brown, a Democrat who turns 77 next month, made the remarks during an interview that aired on Meet the Press on Sunday.

Host Chuck Todd asked the governor to respond to a video clip of Cruz telling Seth Meyers of Late Night earlier in the week that science and the snow he had just encountered in New Hampshire undermine the dire warnings of global warming “alarmists.”

Brown didn’t waste any time in labeling Cruz’s comment as false and countering that 90 percent of the scientists who study climate change believe it is real, human-caused and producing extreme weather of all kinds.

  

 

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Does the fact that man-made climate change is real obligate humanity to take action against it?

The latest word from scientists studying the Arctic is that the polar region is warming twice as fast as the average rise on the rest of the planet. And researchers say the trend isn't letting up. That's the latest from the 2014 Arctic Report Card — a compilation of recent research from more than 60 scientists in 13 countries. The report was released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Educators are calling for changes, but two of the nation’s largest academic publishers are holding firm on how climate science has been presented in textbooks set to be approved by the Texas State Board of Education next week. 

A wave of high tides is expected to hit much of the East Coast this week. These special tides — king tides — occur a few times a year when the moon's orbit brings it close to the Earth.

But scientists say that lately, even normal tides throughout the year are pushing water higher up onto land. And that's causing headaches for people who live along coastlines.

As Bob Dylan might have put it, the tides, they are a changin'.

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