Climate change threatens states across the country – few are as exposed to extreme weather as Texas. The combination of a long coast exposed to sea level rise and an inland, arid region exposed to intense heat and drought make the state vulnerable.
· Generally speaking, climate change will introduce hotter summers, longer droughts, and more frequent intense weather events—such as hurricanes—to Texas.
· Droughts are expected to become more intense and more unpredictable due to climate change. Already, parts of Texas have faced one of the longest-lasting and most devastating droughts in modern history since 2010.
· Projections for the future of Texas’s freshwater resources are dire, when climate change is combined with energy production, population growth, and economic development.
· As a result of climate change, the Gulf coast sea-level is expected to rise 1 to 3 feet over the next 100 years – and possibly much more, putting infrastructure and port facilities at risk.