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Welcome to Climate Change Texas Part 3: Have we crossed a threshold?

Drought kill cedar Barton Creek greenbelt October 2011

Dead cedar on the Barton Creek Greenbelt, Austin, Texas, drought 2011.

The Texas Forest Service tells us that a half billion trees have died. The first of this series of droughts in 2005/6 was just classified as extreme. The last two have been one category worse than extreme — the exceptional category. The last 12 months were drier than the worst 12 months of the great drought of the 1950s. This has been a $10 billion drought, with another $1 billion in damages from the fires.

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Part 2 of 3

Part 1 — Welcome to Climate Change Texas: Drought and Wildfire
Part 2–
Welcome to Climate Change Texas: Have we crossed a threshold?
Part 3– Welcome to Climate Change Texas: The Worst-Case Scenario is Happening