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A recent TIME Magazine article notes that, “For scientists, the havoc wreaked by the extreme winter weather that hit Texas in mid-February dropping several inches of snow and leaving millions without power did not come as a surprise.”

Indeed, CRGC director Melissa Finucane, who was quoted in the article, said the extreme weather events of the 21st century will look nothing like those that came before—and hundreds of years of past preparation will not suffice. “The future is not going to be like the past,” said Finucane, who also serves as a co-director of the RAND Climate Resilience Center. “If we could just plan a little better, we could anticipate some of these problems.”

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