National Climate Assessment predicts dire conditions for Texas
The 2018 update to the National Climate Assessment was released Friday, November 23, 2018. According to the research and analysis, “Texas will face increasingly dire consequences if action isn’t taken to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions.”
As part of the Southern Great Plains, Texas may face an increase of 3.6-5.1 degrees F average temperatures by the year 2100; 30-60 more days per year with temperatures above 100 degrees F; increased heat-related deaths; dangerous conditions for outdoor agricultural workers; tens of billions of dollars in losses due to flooding in the next 12 years; and higher-than-average sea level rise in the Gulf of Mexico.
One of the difficult problems to tackle with climate change is that different regions could suffer from temperature changes and other climate effects disproportionately, making the problem seem less urgent in some places and decreasing incentive for effecting policy change that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The economic, environmental, and human health consequences of climate change are imminent and, according to the report, could especially impact the Southern Great Plains region.