Juan Declet-Barreto

Climate Vulnerability Social Scientist

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Dr. Juan Declet-Barreto is a climate vulnerability social scientist for the UCS Climate & Energy program and the Center for Science and Democracy. Dr. Declet-Barreto earned a Ph.D. in environmental social sciences, M.A. and B.S. degrees in geography, and an associate’s degree in geographic information systems from Arizona State University. At UCS, his research maps, analyzes, and finds solutions to the unequal human health and livelihood impacts of environmental hazards, particularly those exacerbated by climate change. See Juan's full bio.

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Heat Wave and COVID-19 Clash: Tens of Millions of People at Risk in States Seeing COVID Spikes

A major, long-lasting heat wave is spreading through the country over the next week. Many of these states are also in the throes of a dangerous surge in COVID-19 cases. Read more >

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Mapas mostrando dónde los más vulnerables están azotados por COVID-19 en EEUU señalan una injusticia creciente

Publicado en inglés el 20 de abril, 2020 a 17:08 horas EDT

Los peligros ambientales amenazan a las personas en todo el mundo. Entre estos están la contaminación del aire y del agua que proviene de riesgos industriales y tóxicos, los fenómenos meteorológicos extremos (exacerbados por el cambio climático), y las amenazas a la salud pública como el nuevo coronavirus que causa el COVID-19. Los impactos de estos peligros no se distribuyen con equidad en la población, y las pérdidas de vidas y de propiedad suelen ser mayores entre los integrantes de las comunidades vulnerables. Read more >

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Hot Weather and COVID-19: Added Threats of Reopening States in Summer

A look at the colliding dangers of extreme weather–with a focus on extreme heat–and COVID-19, and a few ways in which Congress can bring relief to the millions in the path of both threats. Read more >

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Maps Showing Where Most Vulnerable Are Hardest-Hit by COVID-19 in the US Point to Deepening Injustice

Environmental hazards threaten people all over the world. Among these are air and water pollution from industrial and toxic hazards, extreme weather events made worse by climate change, and public health threats like the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The impacts of these hazards are inequitably distributed among the population, and loss of life and property are usually higher among persons in vulnerable communities.

In this post, I present maps of places where COVID-19 intersects with vulnerable populations. But first, let’s look at the reasons why there are so many inequities in impacts among the population.

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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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