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Climate Dashboard

Climate change is a critical issue facing current and future generations. Scientific consensus agrees that human activity is the cause behind the rise in average global temperatures observed over the past century. Research studies show that limiting warming to below 2 °C (3.6 °F) compared to pre-industrial temperatures is vital to avoiding compounding feedbacks in the Earth system. The greater the amount of warming, the more severe the consequences, posing an even greater risk to water resources and global ecosystem stability and biodiversity. In 2015, 195 countries signed the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep warming to 1.5 °C (2.7 °F). Each country is responsible for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions through policy, technological, and natural solutions; however, recent climate budgets indicate that we are not taking the necessary steps to limit warming to 1.5 °C (2.7 °F). Current projections suggest 2.7 °C (4.9 °F) of warming by the end of the century with currently promised actions. 

Texas poses a unique situation as it has one of the fastest-growing economies in the United States, with a significant portion being from fossil fuel energy production. Other big sectors like agriculture and municipal development are equally water and land-use intensive, leading to Texas being a high-impact state for climate change. Everything really is bigger in Texas; the effects of climate change on the state are both dramatic and consequential, but so too are the solutions. Thanks to its ideal geography and economic sectors, Texas has great potential to be a sustainable and renewable industry leader. Policymakers, educators, planners, and members of the public need to stay informed on these issues and solutions. While by no means exhaustive, this dashboard presents a comprehensive breakdown of the primary concerns from climate change facing Texas. This main page includes general resources and data portals encompassing all these topics.

  • The number of datasets online related to climate change is staggering. Those included here attempt to cover the essentials while providing access portals and various starting points for more specific and tailored climate data needs, both for Texas and beyond. Sources that offer useful visualizations and analysis tools were prioritized, as they are more accessible to a broader user base.

  • The amount of information published each year on climate change and addressing its associated risks and vulnerabilities is vast. Instead of cataloging everything, the websites below are considered the best collections of climate knowledge at varying spatial scales to use, reference, and learn more from.

    • Climate change affects all 7.8 billion people on this planet. Three essential climate resources for the world are the United Nations Environment Programme, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the United Nations Climate Action page.
    • Climate Check: Generates a risk assessment for heat, fire, drought, and storm vulnerabilities for residential properties.
    • Center for Climate and Energy Solutions: Focuses on advancing policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerating the transition to clean and renewable energy, and improving resilient adaptation to climate impacts.
    • As fossil fuels are the driving cause of climate change through greenhouse gas emissions, priority needs to be given to the energy sector to mitigate future change and adapt to current and near-term impacts.
    • Global Climate Change: National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s resource center with some of the best media related to understanding, teaching, and communicating climate change science.
    • Office of the Texas State Climatologist (Texas A&M University) provides accurate climate data and reports to foster public awareness and inform stakeholder decisions related to climate impacts on Texas.
    • Texas’ States at Risk page contains visualizations for all major climate change threats facing the state. Based on a national assessment of all states in 2015, this resource illustrates the top current and future risks related to extreme heat, drought, coastal flooding, wildfires, and inland flooding.
    • While much research has been done on climate change, more is still needed. Luckily, new studies are regularly published every day. As our collective understanding of our highly complex planet continues to evolve, everyone shares a responsibility to stay up to date. Carbon Brief and Climate Central are dedicated to climate-related news and science publications. For local coverage, Texas Climate News is a great independent, non-profit, nonpartisan news source concentrating on climate and sustainability topics. Over 50 other local and international climate change news sources are compiled here.
  • The pressing concerns of climate change can become overwhelming, especially as the window to meet the 1.5 °C (2.7 °F) goal is within this decade. While policy change is needed at global, federal, and state levels, the actions of individuals can help. The choice of which products to buy and the organizations you support can have a large impact and drive policy reform. While not exhaustive, here are some organizations to consider joining, supporting, and participating in that have local efforts in our Texas backyard:

    • Citizen’s Climate Lobby: Empowers everyday people to help secure Congressional support for national bipartisan climate change solutions.
    • Environmental Defense Fund: Protecting and making the environment we all live in safer and healthier, positively impacting climate change mitigation.
    • Greenpeace: Encourages local and global community action to transition into a healthier relationship between humans and the planet we live on.
    • Project Drawdown: A common misconception is that we lack the technological solutions needed to meet climate change goals. In reality, there are so many proven practices and technologies that just need to become more widespread. Project Drawdown’s guide is perfect for helping sort through what solutions are right for your local community.
    • Sunrise Movement: A youth group organization focusing on stopping climate change and creating millions of jobs in the process.
    • The Climate Group: Tackling sources with the highest greenhouse gas emissions to meet net-zero carbon goals by 2050. Focuses on developing networks that hold organizations accountable to their pledges and commitments on climate change.
    • The Nature Conservancy: Some of the biggest milestones for climate change mitigation in the last decade have come about through land and water conservation efforts.
    • World Wildlife Fund: An international non-profit enabling local communities to protect natural resources and prepare them for potential future climate disasters.