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Coping With Climate Change: Texas

2012/04/03

The American PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) has created a new series titled “Coping With Climate Change”.  The year-long series will be looking at the impacts that climate change is having on different American communities.  As media coverage of climate change has been dropping, this series is a very welcomed addition to the airwaves.

The website for the series has a wealth of information including slideshows, interactive maps, stories and videos.  For me, the most impressive feature of the site is a set of interactive satellite images that compare the “before and after” of the drought (see below).

Before (left) and after (right) of the Elephant Butte Reservoir in New Mexico.  Image: screen shot from PBS.org.

Before (left) and after (right) of the Elephant Butte Reservoir in New Mexico. Image: screen shot from PBS.org.

The first report in the “Coping with Climate Change” series, which I’ve included below, looks at two towns in Texas that are struggling to maintain their water supplies due to ongoing record droughts in the state.

You can’t help but notice the irony that such a conservative state, where climate change denial is the norm, is suffering so much from the impacts of climate change.  Luckily, according to the PBS report, the harsh reality seems to be cracking the state’s denial shell.

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