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Heat Waves and Wildfires Signal Warnings about Climate Change (and Budget Cuts)

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Southern California and the Southwest US are experiencing a significant heat wave this week. More than 29 million people in California alone are under an excessive heat warning or heat advisory.

If you live in areas affected by this heat wave, please follow health advisories to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay safe. And watch for wildfire advisories while you’re at it. Read more >

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A Priority List for Trump’s New FEMA Chief

, Climate Preparedness Specialist

Tomorrow morning Congress is expected to confirm the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, Brock Long, who will serve as the principal advisor on emergency management under President Trump and John F. Kelly, the newly appointed Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.* In my previous blog, I mentioned 5 reasons why this was welcome news.

Once Mr. Long is in place, here’s a priority list to ensure he hits the ground running.

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Senate Confirmation Hearing. June 7, 2017.

5 Reasons Why Congress Should Immediately Greenlight the Nation’s Natural Disaster Responder-in-Chief

, Climate Preparedness Specialist

One thing this Congress seems to agree on is who the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator will be.  The Senate is expected to take an evening confirmation vote on the nomination of Brock Long to be FEMA’s Administrator this coming Monday. Read more >

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters (2017). https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/
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Beliefs Won’t Save Tangier Island, Virginia, From Sea Level Rise—Informed Preparedness Will.

, climate scientist

On Tuesday, President Trump called James Eskridge, the mayor of Tangier Island, Virginia, and told him that sea level rise isn’t an issue for Tangier, one of the most threatened communities in America.

My heart sank as I read it, and I was reminded of how our core beliefs are so central to our worldviews–and how we all struggle to accept evidence that challenges them.

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Data source: Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2016
Dahl et al. 2017
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The EPA Budget Cuts Are A Direct Attack on Our Air, Water, and Health

, senior climate scientist

UPDATE (June 14, 4:30 pm): The  EPA budget hearing is scheduled to start Thursday morning at 11:00 am. UCS will begin tweeting about the hearing once it begins. For more on how you can stand up for science in response to President Trump’s proposed budget cuts, check out our local action toolkit.


Congress will have a chance this week to question why Scott Pruitt proposes to eviscerate the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 30%. Let that sink in—nearly a third of the agency’s activities could vanish.

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