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Together: Human Health and Our Environment Are Inextricably Linked

By Michael G. Shensky and Katherine A. Brown

“Blue Marble”: Image of the Earth captured by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972. Image courtesy of NASA

Michael Shensky and Katherine Brown are researchers on UT’s Planet Texas 2050 grand challenge team. They’re studying the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes the serious disease melioidosis. It’s normally found in tropical and subtropical environments like Thailand and Northern Australia but is



Texas' population could nearly double by the year 2050. Extreme weather events will bring more floods, more droughts, and more heat. Our state's resources can't support those demands. Making Texas resilient is our grand challenge.

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Planet Texas 2050

We're a group of researchers from across UT Austin. Making Texas resilient in the face of rapid population growth and climate extremes is our grand challenge.