May 28, 2015
In a Facebook post Sunday, high-profile climate researcher Katharine Hayhoe, director of Texas Tech University's Climate Science Center, stated that "climate change will affect us in the ways we're already vulnerable to climate and weather today, and Texas is no exception."
While extreme weather events like droughts and floods occur naturally in Texas, precipitation in the state is becoming more variable, making droughts more potent and increasing the risk of heavy rainfall and flooding, Hayhoe said.
"Science does not say that climate change is CAUSING the extreme rain and drought we're seeing across the U.S. today, and in recent years," she said. "Just like steroids make a baseball player stronger, climate change EXACERBATES many of our weather extremes, making many of them, on average, worse than they would have been naturally."