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Texas could have foreseen 2021 cold-wave disaster, new study concludes

A warming climate hasn’t erased the risk of cold extremes, and the Texas power grid wasn’t prepared for the frigid blast that blanketed the state in February 2021. Will it be ready for the next one?

How the oil and gas industry is trying to hold US public schools hostage

Fossil fuel groups are telling New Mexicans: Let us keep drilling or your education system will collapse. The message represents a rhetorical strategy that social scientists call the “fossil fuel savior frame.”

As heat waves increase, green roofs could help cool Texas cities

Vegetation-covered roofs may be challenging to create and maintain, but they can be up to 40 degrees cooler than conventional roofs. They can also reduce flash flooding and provide islands of habitat for pollinators.

Nearly two years after Hurricane Laura, Louisiana Gulf Coast is still recovering

Abandonment, rebuilding, and uncertainty lie in wake of Louisiana’s most powerful hurricane on record. A writer-photographer found much destruction “was still exactly as it would have been the day after Laura hit.”

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