My colleagues have been writing some about the massive drought afflicting Texas and it really is something to behold. Out in Kerrville where I’m staying, everyone’s lawn is bone dry:
For the town this is not, per se, a giant problem. People just wish their lawns were greener. But in the countryside all around, it really is a huge problem for farmers and ranchers and shows no signs of letting up. It’s a reminder, again, that while human beings can live under all sorts of different climactic conditions we have in practice made large fixed investments in particular places anticipating particular conditions. As climate change renders these previous decisions no longer workable, the costs of adjusting are ubiquitous and large.