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Few plants made it unscathed through the brutal summer we just endured in Central Texas. We’re finally out of triple digits now, in early October, after more than eighty days of hundred-degree heat. Lawns remain brown and crunchy, thousands of our region’s beloved pecan trees are expected to die, and in my backyard even the hardy sunflowers have long since withered. Not too long ago, we could still pretend climate change was an abstract threat; now it’s a daily lived reality. On September 24, the thermostat hit 103; a few hours later, baseball-sized hail pummeled from the sky, smashing my neighbors’ windows and windshields. Will this winter include another ice storm and multiday blackout, as it did earlier this year and two years before that?…
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