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Thanks to increasing reliability of climate modeling following decades of refinement, climatologists are finally coming out with regionally-specific forecasts on the anticipated impact of Global Warming. Central to this effort has long been The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, where researchers are already studying the feasibility of artificially cooling our warming world.

climate change iconBack here on Earth, a collection of Aggies — many of which are finding their way into Anton Caputo’s series about the regional impact of Global Warming in the Express-News — have been using NCAR’s data in their projections, collected in “The Changing Climate of South Texas, 1900-2100.” Both the book and the series seek to quantify what Climate Change’s impact is (and will be) here in vulnerable South Texas.

Of course, while regional researchers graciously offered me chapters last summer for a story I wrote on the topic in July, that openness all but evaporated when I came back for an advance copy of the book to prepare a review. Strange, since the book and its key findings were no great secret before the Current broke news of it. Dr. Jim Norwine, lead editor and Regents Professor of physics at Texas A&M University-Kingsville gave a talk months earlier on the subject. I’m just sorry I missed “The Future Climate of South Texas: Yes, It Will Continue to Keep the Riff-Raff Out!” I’m sure the critical nature of current events was not lost in the delivery despite the humorous hook employed to rope in unsuspecting students.

Delayed for months now, the book’s release is finally scheduled to coincide with the end of Caputo’s series. Nice choreography fellas.

All things aside, the Express-News series has been worth following. However, I will be especially interested in the conclusions drawn in the final installment Thursday, a concluding report titled (rhetorically, I have to assume) “Is Texas Ignoring the Problem?”

How many ways can a writer say, “Fuckin’ A”!?

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