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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 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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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 Texas drought and its most severe impacts on water supplies. Relatively little "scientific" content. It's 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.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Sound and visuals are excellent.

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