Why Texas cannot ignore climate change
As a 2021 climate report pointed out, record-breaking heatwaves that hit Texas repeatedly in recent decades will become a regular occurrence because of climate change, and the future of the state depends almost exclusively on climate mitigation and adaptation.
The intense heatwaves that Texas is experiencing enhance droughts. The Lone Star state is known for its arid climate and while droughts are a natural occurrence here, climate change and rising global temperatures have made them much more severe in recent decades, altering rainfall patterns and drying moisture in the soil at faster rates.
3. Wildfires and Extreme Weather Events
Heatwaves and droughts are not the only issues Texas should be worried about. Hotter temperatures and drier conditions are driving up the risk of wildfires and intensifying weather events such as rainstorms and hurricanes.
4. Sea Level Rise
One last major climate change-related issue that Texas is currently facing is above-average sea level rise. Between 1950 and today, sea levels already rose 18 inches (41 centimetres) and continue to rise at a faster rate of about one inch (2.5 centimetres) per year.