Expect a hotter, and even dryer Texas in coming years, due to the impact of climate change on the state, the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment released today predicts.
The document, obtained by 1200 WOAI News, predicts 'projected declines in precipitation in the south and greater evaporation everywhere due to higher temperatures, will increase irrigation demand and exacerbate current stresses on agricultural productivity.'
The report also warns of a greater rush for water supplies in urban areas.
"Diminishing water supplies and rapid population growth are critical issues in Texas," the report says. "Because reservoirs are limited and have high evaporation rates, San Antonio has turned to the Edward Aquifer as a major source of groundwater storage."
It also warns of 'urban heat islands,' combined with an aging population and increased urbanization, 'are project to increase the vulnerability of urban populations to heat-related health impacts in the future.'
"Urban planning strategies designed to reduce the urban heat island effect, such as green roofs, increased green space, parkland and urban canopy, could reduce indoor temperatures and improve air quality.:
The report also warns of greater storm surge along the Texas coast, and an expected rise in sea level will result in the potential for greater damage from storm surge along the Gulf Coast of Texas.
The report commends Texas for working to develop alternative sources of energy, and taking steps to protect infrastructure and roads and bridges from possible damage from global warming.