Adrienne Hollis

Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

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Adrienne L. Hollis is the Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist for the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In that role, she leads the development, design, and implementation of methods for accessing and documenting the health impacts of climate change on communities of color and other traditionally disenfranchised groups. Dr. Hollis works with environmental justice communities to identify priority health concerns related to climate change and other environmental assaults, and evaluates climate and energy policy approaches for their ability to effectively address climate change and benefit underserved communities. She develops and implements projects to document health impacts of climate change on communities of color, and ensures scientific information from UCS is communicated in a culturally competent and helpful manner to vulnerable populations.

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The 2019 Lancet Countdown US Policy Brief on health and climate change impressively connects the puzzle pieces between climate change and profound threats to people in the US, highlighting the urgent need to act to limit these threats.

2019 Lancet Countdown US Policy Brief Pieces Together Climate Change’s Public Health Effects

The U.S. Policy Brief, which launches today, discusses the ways in which vulnerable and marginalized populations are negatively and disproportionately impacted by climate change. It also found that US energy-related carbon emissions rose in 2018, the largest increase in 8 years. Read more >

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Former Military Offer Insights on Extreme Heat and the Military Analysis

You could say that I have a personal interest in the effect of extreme heat on the military. My family is no stranger to the Armed Forces. As a matter of fact, more than 20 family members have served in the military, including my four brothers–1 in the Army, 2 in the Navy and 1 in the Air Force.

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As temperatures soar above the 100ºF mark, hitting a high of 106ºF by mid-day, children play in open fire hydrants during a heat wave in New York, NY.

African Americans Are Disproportionately Exposed to Extreme Heat

Climate change is a threat multiplier. This is a fact I know to be true. I also know that our most vulnerable populations, particularly environmental justice communities—people of color and/or low socioeconomic status—are suffering and will continue to suffer first and worst from the adverse effects of climate change. Case in point? Extreme heat. Read more >

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Six-year-olds Justin Mosquera, left, and Luke Taylor, relaxing in a stream of water from a fire hydrant near the Boys and Girls Club in Bowling Green, Ky. July 21, 2011 AP Photo/Daily News, Miranda Pederson

Top Ten Heat-Related Terms You Need to Pay Attention to While Reading UCS’s Killer Heat Report

Because extreme heat is one of the deadliest weather hazards we currently face, Union of Concerned Scientist’s Killer Heat Report for the United States is the most important document I have read. It is a veritable wake up call for all of us. It is timely, eye-opening, transparent and factual and it deals with the stark reality of our future if we do not make changes quickly (think yesterday). It is important to ensure that we all understand it. Here are 10 terms that really help drive home the messages in the heat report and help us understand the ramifications of inaction. Read more >

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