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Coping with Climate Change: 2 Texas Towns Struggle for Water

PBS Newshour, PBS

This video documents the impact of the 2011 drought on the water supply of two Texas towns. It discusses how the higher temperatures have increased the evaporation from open reservoirs, resulting in a drop in their water levels. The use of water in fighting wildfires has also contributed to this drawdown. While some jurisdictions have been able to develop pipelines to other sources, others have had to resort to trucking water in.

Video length 10:19 min.

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Fresh water, limited in supply, is essential for some organisms and industrial processes. Water in rivers, lakes, and underground can be depleted or polluted, making it unavailable or unsuitable for life.
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Teaching Tips

  • The web page includes an entire transcript of the video.

About the Science

  • Part of PBS Newshour's "Coping with Climate Change" series. This is about drought, which is clearly a climate change issue. Antiquated water-rights laws, a rapidly growing population, and competing water uses have made the problem even more difficult.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Good overview of the 2011-20xx Texas drought and its most severe impacts on water supplies. Relatively little "scientific" content. Its mostly a news story.

About the Pedagogy

  • This video is quite comprehensive and likely does not require much context from an educator. No support materials - other than the transcript and closed-captioning - are provided.

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  • Sound and visuals are excellent.

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