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In Texas we are living through a humanitarian crisis. How on earth will we cope with climate change?   

The state’s unique politics left residents exposed to record-low temperatures without power. But this will not be the last severe weather event

By Sionaidh Douglas-Scott  

Texas residents have experienced 72-hour power outages in record-low temperatures. Our writer is among them. Photo: Zuma Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo

You will have read in the news that it’s been extremely cold in Texas this week. A fierce winter storm brought temperatures of at least minus 16°C outside, with snowfall up to nine inches. Nothing unusual for much of the US in winter, where snow covers the ground for several months and temperatures fall well below freezing. Nor are ice and snow unknown during a Texas winter, although this week has been exceptionally cold. What is most unusual is that, late last Sunday, the Texas power grid collapsed, severely compromised by the cold, leading to long-lasting power outages. Both…

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