A decade on, Austin’s Climate Protection Plan still a major influence

My Statesman - Perhaps no image, pledge or action symbolizes the city of Austin’s take on global climate change better than that of Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr.

In 2015, Kerr spoke bluntly on climate change in a White House video starring fire chiefs from around the nation. She linked a changing Central Texas environment to several years of intense drought and a subsequent yo-yoing between disasters.

Evidence suggests Austin is getting hotter and more prone to the drought-to-deluge pendulum that has always been a threat but appears to be getting worse, according to an extensive analysis done in 2014 by Texas Tech University climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe.

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