Essay | Droughts and heat: The future of Texas

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Growing up in a family that owns and operates multiple oil fields across Texas, conversations around climate change sparsely came up during my childhood. But as I reached my teenage years, I began noticing the effects of climate change in Texas: how the droughts drying out the lakes at my family’s ranch were affecting the wildlife that depended on them, how the increasing hurricanes were displacing my cousins in Houston more frequently, and––the most obvious effect to me––the rising temperatures.

Droughts and heat: The future of Texas

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