Everything’s Bigger in Texas, even the Climate Change

Aabha Kc, Writer

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Americans, more so Texas and Texans, are affected by climate change everyday.

With a super-sized state, the impacts of climate change are bigger and badder than in the other 49. Texas has experienced 75 weather and climate disasters between 1980 and 2015, each of which produced at least a billion dollars in losses (across the states in which they impacted): more than any other state.

The world’s leading climate scientists think human activities are almost certainly the main cause of the warming observed since the middle of the 20th century.

In 2011, Texas experienced its hottest (until 2012) and driest summer on record, culminating in the worst single-year drought in recorded history.

Water levels were at historical lows, and as the land and plant life dried up, acres upon acres lit up with wildfires.

The heat and the extraordinarily dry weather of 2011 was part of a larger period of drought in the state that extended from 2010 to 2015, resulting in approximately $8.7 billion in agricultural losses.

Unfortunately, people are only contributing to the problems of climate change. Fewer than a third agree that there is a scientific consensus on human-caused climate change.

Meanwhile, the president of United States said global warming is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese to distract America.

When the leader of the free world isn’t doing much to raise awareness, what can citizens do?

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Everything’s Bigger in Texas, even the Climate Change