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Texas Crisis Exposes a Nation’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

автор:
News Reporter


Feb. 21, 2021 

Texas is the only state that has suffered because of the bad weather more than any other. The NYT newspaper published an article in which it called the figure of 58 victims of abnormal weather in the United States, while the journalists of the publication noted that there may be more dead people.

For Russians, frosty weather is absolutely normal, but in the United States, as The New York Times clarifies, in the United States this is considered nonsense, and people simply do not know what to do. The last time a snow storm was observed in the United States was three decades ago. Most of which are recorded by the authorities in the state of Texas.

Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one-third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states.

Even as Texas struggled to restore electricity and water over the past week, signs of the risks posed by increasingly extreme weather to America’s aging infrastructure were cropping up across the country.

The week’s continent-spanning winter storms triggered blackouts in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and several other states. One-third of oil production in the nation was halted. Drinking-water systems in Ohio were knocked offline. Road networks nationwide were paralyzed and vaccination efforts in 20 states were disrupted.

The crisis carries a profound warning. As climate change brings more frequent and intense storms, floods, heat waves, wildfires and other extreme events, it is placing growing stress on the foundations of the country’s economy: Its network of roads and railways, drinking-water systems, power plants, electrical grids, industrial waste sites and even homes. Failures in just one sector can set off a domino effect of breakdowns in hard-to-predict ways.

Photo by THE NEW YORK TIMES


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