Juan Declet-Barreto

Climate Vulnerability Social Scientist

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Juan Declet-Barreto is a climate vulnerability social scientist for the UCS Climate & Energy program and the Center for Science and Democracy. He partners with environmental justice groups and activists to research the potential effects of carbon trading on disadvantaged communities, as individual states begin implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. See Juan's full bio.

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Para enfrentar la pandemia del coronavirus necesitamos escuchar a los científicos y mantener el distanciamiento social

La pandemia global del coronavirus ha transformado nuestras vidas en cuestión de días, y es muy probable que se prolongue el estado de emergencia por semanas o tal vez meses debido a la facilidad de transmisión del virus que causa la enfermedad COVID-19. La comunidad Latina estará entre las más afectadas. Read more >

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Forest Service Budget Cuts Will Deprive US Communities of Forestry Science that Improves Climate Resilience

“Trees are the answer.” The maxim was on a sticker on my PhD mentor’s office door at Arizona State University (ASU). But what was the question? Turns out, there were a lot of them.

  • How to reduce extreme heat in cities? More trees can provide shading and absorb humidity, contributing to lowering the heat index.
  • How to improve urban air quality? More trees that can breathe in more air pollutants.
  • How to stabilize coastal areas from erosion and reduce flooding from hurricanes? Protect mangrove trees and the ecosystems that sustain them, nurture them to grow strong roots, and they will act as barriers against storm surge and even tsunamis. Read more >
Forest Service photo by Grizelle González
Forest Service photo by Maria M. Rivera
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Los ataques del gobierno de Trump a la ciencia ponen a una generación completa en riesgo

Las protecciones ambientales están en peligro debido al empeño del gobierno del presidente Trump en ignorar la ciencia y eliminar las políticas públicas que protegen la salud de todas y todas y en especial de las niñas y los niños.  Read more >

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Record 2019 Precipitation in Midwest Financially Crushed Farmers

This blog post was co-authored by Shana Udvardy.

 

The year 2019 has been one of climate extremes.

A brutal Memorial Day weekend heat wave broke triple-digit records in many places, 6,000-plus wildfires burned nearly 200,000 acres in California, an “ultra-intense” Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas (as well as other slow-moving destructive storms). To cap this, there were mind-boggling amounts of precipitation dumped on many parts of the United States. Among the hardest-hit areas were the Midwest and South-Central United States, which experienced record flooding that severely hurt agriculture there.  Read more >

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Los reclutas minoritarios de las Fuerzas Armadas de EEUU enfrentan una creciente amenaza: el calor extremo

El calor extremo afecta de manera desproporcionada a las personas de minorías étnicas y raciales. En un novedoso estudio reciente que hicimos en Union of Concerned Scientists, encontramos que la población civil de bajo ingreso, y de minorías raciales en áreas metropolitanas en Estados Unidos se verán expuestas a muchos más días de calor fatal si no tomamos acción para reducir las emisiones de carbono.

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