Texas law allows landowners to pump as much water from their wells as they choose - with few restrictions - even if part of that water is siphoned from other landowners or neighboring towns.
There's a big, gaping hole in this story: specifically, a sinkhole. In Bayou Corne, Louisiana, it's an ongoing environmental disaster that first emerged in August 2012.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is in the process of finalizing its next report, due to be released in four volumes between Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
An oxygen-devouring algae bloom that is causing a 5,840 square-mile dead zone - and growing - in the Gulf of Mexico is part of the tightly woven web of climate change disasters.