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OECD waking up to climate crisis?

OECD waking up to climate crisis? | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

"Ending our reliance on fossil fuels was never going to be easy. Two thirds of electricity generation relies on fossil fuels. 95% of the energy consumed by the world’s transport systems relies on fossil fuels.

I want to be very clear that I haven’t come here to vilify fossil fuels. Much of what we regard as material and social progress has been built on the back of them. They are incredibly convenient. We’ve physically constructed our world around them, and to wean ourselves away from them will mean swimming against very strong tides".


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The Texas coast needs to get ready, some areas, like Corpus Christi will have little effect, but Galveston's west-end and South Padre's north-end will be under water!

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 12, 2013 4:32 AM

In a lecture in London on 9 October, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria warned global leaders that the climate crisis needs to be tackled with more radical and urgent policies (including a high price on carbon and abolishing fossil fuel subsidies). Do some of his remarks indicate a new shift in the global leaders' climate agenda?

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Ikea’s poised to do for the smart home what it did for design

Ikea’s poised to do for the smart home what it did for design | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Ikea can be criticized for using cheap materials and veneers, but you have to admire its commitment to tasteful furniture design that has — to a fault — raised the baseline aesthetic of th
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Amazon poised to debut real estate referral service

Amazon poised to debut real estate referral service | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Amazon appears to be preparing to offer consumers the option to hire real estate agents through its professional services marketplace, likely in exchange for referral fees.

 

The service would mark the entry of yet another internet behemoth into the real estate marketing space, joining Facebook and Google as a potential source of business for agents.

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Texas economy is on the upswing, and lawmaker must support that with good legislation

Texas has turned a corner, economists say.

 

“Texas’ $217 billion budget for the next two years is neutral, meaning it won’t have a positive or negative effect on the state’s overall credit rating, according to S&P Global Inc., which also projected Texas employment will continue to grow at about 2 percent annually, outpacing the national average,” the Austin Business Journal reported last week.

 

“The state got high marks for new transportation spending from S&P and a slightly negative assessment on the decision to delay paying for Medicaid case growth over the next two years. S&P, a New York City-based financial info and analytics company, currently rates Texas’ general obligation debt as AAA, the highest rank possible, signaling TEXAS is extremely likely to pay back the money.”

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10 ways you’re wasting money on travel

10 ways you’re wasting money on travel | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

From booking at the wrong time to missing hidden fees, here are 10 ways you're wasting money on travel. Join loyalty programs and call for last minute deals.

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Trump proposes slashing Gulf royalty payments to Texas, other states

Trump proposes slashing Gulf royalty payments to Texas, other states | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump wants the federal government to stop sharing oil and gas royalties from the Gulf of Mexico with Texas and other states along the Gulf Coast. In his budget proposal for 2018, …
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Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
One of the driest countries on Earth now makes more freshwater than it needs
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Houston leads 2010-2016 population growth among U.S. metros on Census Bureau report - Houston Business Journal

Houston leads 2010-2016 population growth among U.S. metros on Census Bureau report - Houston Business Journal | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Eleven major metropolitan areas, led by the Texas duo of Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, are growing at a pace of more than 1,000 persons per week, based on population estimates issued this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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US to approve Keystone XL pipeline

US to approve Keystone XL pipeline | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, senior U.S. officials say, ending years of delay for a project that has served as a flashpoint in the national debate about climate change.

 

The State Department will recommend the pipeline is in U.S. interests, clearing the way for the White House to grant a presidential permit to TransCanada to build the $8 billion pipeline, two officials said. Oil industry advocates say the pipeline will improve U.S. energy security and create jobs, although how many is widely disputed. The former CEO of oil company Exxon Mobil recused himself after protests from environmental groups who said it would be a conflict of interest for Tillerson to decide the pipeline's fate. [...] Tom Shannon, a career diplomat serving as undersecretary of state for political affairs, will sign off, officials said. Environmental groups also say the pipeline will encourage the use of carbon-heavy tar sands oil which contributes more to global warming than cleaner sources of energy.

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Every Reason Why You Need to Be In South Padre Island This Spring

Every Reason Why You Need to Be In South Padre Island This Spring | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
South Padre Island isn’t just the Spring Break capital of Texas -- it’s got enough going on to rival the rest of the country’s most popular spots for the madness of March. Here’s the scene: Thirty-four miles of white sand, emerald water alive with dolphins, and a party energy made electric by the over 300,000 co-eds who flock there every spring. And, despite the seemingly non-stop party atmosphere, you can also find all types of waters ports and a serene natural environment begging to be explored via Jeep, scooter, or… golf cart
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Environmentalists urge French bank not to finance Texas fracking project

Environmentalists urge French bank not to finance Texas fracking project | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Activist points to ‘hypocrisy’ in BNP Paribas’s involvement in south Texas export terminal, given bank’s claimed commitment to the environment
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A 400-Square-Foot Sanctuary by the Beach - Zillow Porchlight

A 400-Square-Foot Sanctuary by the Beach - Zillow Porchlight | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Having everything close at hand offers 'a great feeling of comfort and peace.'
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13 Modern House Exteriors Made From Concrete

Here are 13 examples of modern concrete houses that show how concrete can be used in a number of different ways to create a number of different looks.
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SBA and the South Padre Island EDC solidify Small Business Support with a Strategic Alliance Memorandum - Texas Border Business

SBA and the South Padre Island EDC solidify Small Business Support with a Strategic Alliance Memorandum - Texas Border Business | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Texas Border Business  SOUTH PADRE ISLAND ─ The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office (LRGVD) and the South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation (SPI EDC) signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) to encourage entrepreneurship and economic empowerment through increased collaboration on entrepreneurial and financial education for local residents and small business …
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Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2017

Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2017 | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Looking to make your home just a little smarter?

 

While still in its infancy, the number of smart home products—devices that let you control your lighting, thermostat, or even your crock pot from your smartphone—is rapidly growing.

 

  • From GE to Belkin to Home Depot, tons of products and whole ecosystems want to help you control your home via a single iOS or Android app. You can pick and choose your favorite gadgets to assemble an affordable intelligent abode on your own terms, or opt for an entire smart home system that does all the work for you. Here are some of our favorite smart home systems and individual gadgets.
  • A ton of new smart home devices are coming out this year, and include new connected appliances, cameras, lightbulbs— even robots and trashcans.

 

One common thread, though, is that many of these new devices will be compatible with Amazon Alexa, further integrating this voice assistant into your home. Plus, Amazon itself is launching several new Alexa-enabled devices, including the Echo Show and the Fire TV Edition, so you can get Alexa in even more places.

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Port Aransas wins birding award

Port Aransas wins birding award | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Port Aransas has always been knonw for it's birding and now they've been awarded for their effort. 
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Homes with this color bathroom sell for $5,400 more

Homes with this color bathroom sell for $5,400 more | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
A $50 gallon of blue paint can result in a huge return on investment for homeowners, according to Zillow's 2017 Paint Color Analysis study.
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A push for prefab: Why offsite construction methods are moving to the mainstream

A push for prefab: Why offsite construction methods are moving to the mainstream | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

A big boost to the offsite construction industry was the announcement earlier this month from hotel giant Marriott International that it plans to pursue a program of modular construction for some of its brands representing approximately 13% of its North American hotel deals this year. That translates to 50 hotels with prefabricated bathrooms or guest rooms.

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Best Travel Fitness Apps | Texas Coast Travel

Best Travel Fitness Apps | Texas Coast Travel | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

It's easy to stay active on the road if you know how, here are the best fitness apps for your next vacation

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Texas bill that offers loan funding to ports passes Senate committee

Texas bill that offers loan funding to ports passes Senate committee | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

A bill to provide a modest revolving loan fund for Texas ports had smooth sailing through the Senate Transportation Committee last week, setting it on a positive course as it heads to the full Senate for consideration.

Senate Bill 28, sponsored by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, puts action behind a port study completed by the Texas Department of Transportation task force since the 2015 legislative session ended. The bill, which passed through the Senate committee with an 8-0 vote, designates as much as $20 million per year to supplement existing dredging and road projects around state ports.

The bill carries some weight, considering how important exports are to the state's economy. According to the Texas Ports Association, Texas is the nation’s biggest exporting state, with 563 million tons of cargo traveling through Texas ports each year. The industry is tied to 1.5 million jobs and $369 billion annually in economic activity in Texas, which has worried officials in many Texas cities considering the Trump administration's campaign promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Freeport, about 60 miles south of Houston, is positioning itself as part of the feeder system of cargo movement spurred by the newly expanded Panama Canal, said Port of Freeport CEO Phyllis Saathoff. 

The Texas Department of Transportation would be charged with administering the loan fund if Creighton’s bill passes both chambers. According to the bill, only those dredging projects approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would be eligible for the funding.

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New Plan Aims To Protect Texas Gulf Coast

New Plan Aims To Protect Texas Gulf Coast | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
The plan identifies 177 projects that would bolster natural protections along the coast.
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A Tax Primer for Homeowners

A Tax Primer for Homeowners | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Go beyond interest and find out how mortgage points affect your taxable income.
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Although housing prices took a major hit in the mortgage crisis that occurred in 2007, if history continues to repeat itself in a fashion similar to previous housing booms, many homeowners will see the value of their homes appreciate over the long term. Likewise, the odds are good that the capital gains tax laws will change yet again. Because nobody can tell for sure what the future will bring, it is best to have a full understanding of your home's value, basis, and tax liability at all times. Someday, when you need the information, you'll be glad to have it close at hand.

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Tiny House Living, Off the Grid? Here's How to Do It in Style

Tiny House Living, Off the Grid? Here's How to Do It in Style | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
How to get electricity, water, and the Internet in your tiny home on the range.
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Omar Gandhi Architect perches glass-walled cabin on rocky cliff in Nova Scotia

Omar Gandhi Architect perches glass-walled cabin on rocky cliff in Nova Scotia | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Omar Gandhi Architect created a vacation home in Nova Scotia for an urban couple, with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide sweeping views of the sea.
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Contemporary prefab homes from Sweden

Contemporary prefab homes from Sweden | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Arkitekthus is a company based in Stockholm, Sweden who build and sell contemporary prefab homes designed by a collection of Swedish architects. Their goal is to bring good design to a larger market that otherwise could not afford an architect designed home.

 

All the houses are sold at fixed prices and can be obtained in two different designs schemes, modern and classic, with a few carefully selected options. They currently offer 11 home designs from four different architects.

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"Companies Plow Ahead With Moves to Mexico, Despite Trump's Pressure" - Texas Border Business

"Companies Plow Ahead With Moves to Mexico, Despite Trump's Pressure" - Texas Border Business | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Texas Border Business “Companies Plow Ahead With Moves to Mexico, Despite Trump’s Pressure,” by WSJ’s Andrew Tangel in Indianapolis: “President Donald Trump boosted the hopes of employees at Rexnord Corp.’s factory here in December when he castigated the company for ‘viciously firing’ workers and planning to move their jobs to Mexico. Two months later, Rexnord …
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