July 29th, 2011
It’s hard to live in Texas this summer and not consider the havoc that climate change has in store for us.
In Dallas, the last 27 days have hit 100 degrees or more. People have abandoned even pools in favor of air conditioning. Longhorn cattle, bred for heat, droop under mesquite trees, and pipes have begun breaking as the cracked earth shifts underneath our streets and homes.
Like an expanding fissure across baked earth, the damage stretches across the state, encompassing the northern plains region, West Texas and the Hill Country.
Texas livestock farmers have sold off herds they cannot risk keeping for longer. Crop farmers cut their losses and stopped irrigating fields because it no longer made financial sense. Corn, hay and other crops have dried up.