Texas is “one of the more vulnerable states” to “abrupt climate changes and to the abrupt impact of gradual climate changes,” the sole Texas scientist on the National Research Council committee that issued the report told TCN.
In its Winter Outlook for climate conditions, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said drought will probably make a comeback in Texas and neighboring areas. Meanwhile, drought-related tussles and problems continue.
Texans approved a constitutional amendment to allocate $2 billion in a one-time transfer from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to pay for water-supply and water-conservation projects.
Industrial facilities in Texas told the EPA they emitted about 393 million metric tons of CO2, methane and other greenhouse gases last year – 12.5 percent of the nationwide total of 3.13 billion metric tons.
New surveys found most Texans – like residents of California, Ohio and Colorado – think global warming is happening, want officials to do more to address it and believe the U.S. should act alone to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
A World Bank study estimated Houston will have the seventh-largest percentage increase in average annual losses from sea-level rise by 2050 among the world’s 136 biggest coastal cities.
Two recent studies produced graphic portrayals of threats to Texas and other states. Scientists at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi announced a research project to help the Houston region mitigate and adapt to sea-level rise.
In one of our periodic updates on the Texas drought, TCN offers another sample of manifestations and implications. This time, we synthesize news about water-use rules, wildfire worries, water conflicts and agriculture.
The governor signed a group of conservation bills. Supporters launched a campaign to win voter approval for a $2 billion water fund. Persistent water problems served as reminders of the reasons for the big government effort.
State lawmakers took action to let voters decide whether to spend $2 billion on water infrastructure and conservation projects. In an election held now, the proposal “would pass strongly,” the poll director told TCN.