The overwhelming existence of climate change is all around us, but recently, it has hit Texas as well as other parts of America particularly hard. And now, shocking photos have been emerging online showing the true severity of the dire situation...
Things have gotten so bad that people have been forced to evacuate their homes.
Due to the addition of heavy snowstorms and below-freezing temperatures, the state has been left powerless in most areas.
And not only that, but twenty-three deaths have been reported so far.
Brutal cold hung over Texas and the central United States on Tuesday, bringing chaos to parts of the U.S. not used to severe winter weather.— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 17, 2021
At least 23 people died across four states, from icy roads and other weather-related incidents.https://t.co/o8gGy927p2 pic.twitter.com/YlB1XYtPDT
And as temperatures continue to fall, this number is set to rise.
Texans are doing their best to push through this difficult period...
We are deploying plainclothes officers in unmarked vehicles across the city looking for anyone burglarizing residences or businesses during power outages. This is a natural disaster and penalty enhancements can lead to 20 year prison sentences. If you need help there are services— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) February 17, 2021
But with little to no options, some have been forced to make do with what they've got.
Many are sharing horrifying snaps on Twitter.
And once you see what people have had to say about it, you'll understand just how dangerous the condition of some people's homes currently is.
Now, when we think of climate change, we usually think of soaring temperatures...
And while that is the case for some part of the year, during the winter period, cold temperatures just get colder, as we have seen already.
According to The Guardian, professionals have noted that the heating of the arctic may be to blame for these crazy changes in the weather.
And especially for the snowstorms that have hit Texas recently.
They explained the situation:
At least one unhoused person has died in Houston amid a freezing snowstorm.— AJ+ (@ajplus) February 16, 2021
Texas’s government failed to adequately prepare for extreme weather. Now the state’s most vulnerable are paying the price: https://t.co/sgoQo3ktBU pic.twitter.com/rKxrWR8515
"[Experts claim] there is evidence that the rapid heating of the Arctic can help push frigid air from the north pole much further south, possibly to the US-Mexico border."
This has led to power outages across the state for over 5 million people.
Dear Lord,— Shelli Ann (@ann177345) February 17, 2021
Please protect those who are working in this #WinterWeather to help others. So many are without power & facing many difficulties. We pray that You help them find ways to keep warm & get the supplies they need.
In Jesus name, Amen. 🙏#winterstorm2021 #TexasWeather pic.twitter.com/O9rXLKnn4F
Ice and snow have also hit neighboring areas such as Oklahoma and Arkansas too.
And yet, some people continue to deny climate change's existence...
via: ShutterstockIn the wake of extreme weather conditions and natural disasters last year, The UN warned that we have just twelve years to limit climate change and prevent global warming from exceeding the maximum of 1.5C.
Several "climate deniers" believe that the rapidly rising temperatures are simply a result of the earth's "natural cycle," just like the ice age.
Although this has since been proven wrong after experts established that the climate change that we are experiencing is on a scale that far exceeds temperature fluctuations during the last 2 millennia.
The issue only seems to be escalating.
via: Getty ImagesIf the future of our planet wasn't looking bleak enough, experts have now shattered the "we've got twelve years left" to act theory, claiming that political steps to enable the cuts in carbon need to take place before the end of next year, otherwise we will be in a very dire situation.
And now that we've hit the winter period, things are looking just as scary as summer...
Twitter users have been sharing their pictures that truly illustrate how cold things are.
Keep scrolling to have a look for yourselves.
And of course, the shocked reactions poured in.
As a Canadian who has woken up to -50 windchill warnings I have never in my fucking life seen some shit like this anywhere indoors.— Bunny (@Bunnuunuu) February 16, 2021
That’s the oddest thing I’ve ever seen. How?— #WearADamnMask (@GPSparty) February 17, 2021
Wow . I wonder if republicans in Texas will start believing in climate change now ?— wendi bloomenthal (@wendibloomenth1) February 16, 2021
Take as many pictures documenting this situation as you can for legal purposes, grab whatever in your apartment is most valuable to you, and get out of there. From the look of this, there's a decent chance the roof is going to collapse.— Popular C/C (@PopularCC1) February 16, 2021
If you haven't yet, you need to call the fire department; that's a fire hazard, a building collapse hazard, and a hypothermia hazard for the entire building. The fire department may also be able to help with finding people a place to stay in the meantime.— Corvid COVID (@eridowd) February 16, 2021
Um what the fuck? Why is there so much moisture coming out of your ceiling??— Moni the WandaVision fangirl (@moni_c95) February 17, 2021
That is super duper duper duper dangerous. Please notify the local fire department because once that starts to thaw it's going to create a shitload of short circuits and blow all the breakers and flood everything.— Barnacules Nerdgasm (@Barnacules) February 17, 2021
As a Chicagoan, I ain’t never seen nothing like this indoors in my life.— Latchkeycodes (@latchkeycodes) February 16, 2021
The fact that I stared at this for a solid minute trying to understand if this was a joke says it all about how terrible this situation is. Texas needs to get over its stupid individualist nonsense.— Brandon (@brandonarcari) February 17, 2021
Take a look at these terrifying images.
My dish soap in the back is frozen solid too... 🙃 do u see how my faucet is literally coming out of place? pic.twitter.com/7jr199TInm— 🪐 val (@valsatuo) February 17, 2021
This is how cold it is at my Apartment.— 𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐀𝐒 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 ☩ (@ThomasBlackGG) February 16, 2021
As a Texan, yes, I'm certainly not built for this. I don't even care. pic.twitter.com/FMt8imglJp
It’s so cold in my Texas town that this container of snow has been sitting in my garage for 2 days and has not melted 😬 pic.twitter.com/60lFBcQXTH— LoLo (@kacchanluvsdeku) February 17, 2021
Update my complex still has no power since Sunday 2am, no hot water, I’ve been hearing cars crash all daay lol but mfs are still saying it’s just cold get to work. if you got family/friends in Texas other than ep ,check up on them man another freeze is coming stay safe and warm pic.twitter.com/ycUdauqnQQ— Miguel (@_Miguel87) February 16, 2021
Everyones talking about “this crazy Texas weather” but us panhandle folk know a thing or two about the cold— D (@maris_h_14) February 16, 2021
Throwback to the 2017 ice storm that took down trees, took down power lines for WEEKS, and roads you could ice skate on. people from the panhandle do have snow clothes 😂 pic.twitter.com/zGWl0EewbY
Cold, beautiful morning in the heart of Texas. pic.twitter.com/6awIwR5hnU— Roy F Smith (@english_roy) February 15, 2021
I think the frozen fountain just encapsulates how cold it is here. And Texas doesn’t have the infrastructure to keep people warm and safe. 13F right now. #prayforTexas #TexasFreeze pic.twitter.com/77RY8QApHp— Beth Allison Barr (@bethallisonbarr) February 15, 2021
Yes, I'm in Texas. Yes, we arent used to super cold temperatures. But I've never seen my pool starting to freeze. pic.twitter.com/DUcttqLWkv— 𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐀𝐒 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 ☩ (@ThomasBlackGG) February 15, 2021
So it is kind of cold in Austin today. pic.twitter.com/0iFxosNgBv— TechieZach | Salesforce Consultant (@TechieZach) February 11, 2021
going on 2.5 days without power here in austin. monday night was v cold; last night we fared better. had 1 hour of power yesterday PM and it was amazing. we’re okay. take care and stay safe y’all. pic.twitter.com/yWqh1Kl3JY— hiker biker (@nvironmntcarol) February 17, 2021
As we continue to brace this cold one crisis at a time, please continue keeping yourself, your families, and your pets safe. Thank you for allowing us to continue leading the way in animal welfare. pic.twitter.com/LHcsApnKdX— Austin Pets Alive! (@austinpetsalive) February 16, 2021
Even the waste pipes blow out with no power for 24 hours in Texas pic.twitter.com/cKJlcjQcrz— My Loss Adjuster (@MyLossAdjuster) February 17, 2021
Sympathies from Houston. It's terrible here pic.twitter.com/JKY1jn6BIg— 🌸Beau (@PastureSociety) February 16, 2021
Our thoughts are with everyone in Texas right now.