Kristy Dahl

Senior climate scientist

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Kristina Dahl is a climate scientist who designs, executes, and communicates scientific analyses that make climate change more tangible to the general public and policy makers. Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change--particularly sea level rise--on people and the places and institutions they care about. Dr. Dahl holds a Ph.D. in paleoclimate from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Cambridge and Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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US Military on the Front Lines of Extreme Heat

If I were to tell you that there were nearly 2,800 cases of heat-related illness among active-duty members of the US military last year, you might not be surprised. After all, we have troops deployed throughout the Middle East, where some of the world’s hottest places are found. But what if I were to tell you that of those thousands of cases, only 67 occurred among troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan? It turns out that right here at home in the US, thousands of servicepeople suffer from heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke every year, and the problem is set to grow much worse.

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Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
NBC News and InsideClimateNews
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Mounting Impacts on Florida Will Make It Hard for Trump to Avoid Climate Change Talk at G7

The White House announced yesterday that “climate change will not be on the agenda” for the G7  summit. The president also announced the June 2020 event would be held at Trump National Doral Miami, the luxury hotel and golf resort he owns about 15 miles northwest of the city. Trump may want to avoid discussing climate change at next year’s G7 summit, but mounting impacts on Florida will make that difficult.

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Andreas Sandberg
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Hurricane Dorian gathers strength as it heads toward Florida on August 30, 2019. Photo: NOAA

Hurricane Dorian: What the Presidential Candidates—and All of Us—Need to Know

Even as our hearts hope for the safety of the people of Florida, we scientists are often asked about the connection between hurricanes and climate change. So for all the presidential candidates answering hard questions on climate change—and for everybody in America who cares about our future climate—this post lays out those connections and explains how Dorian fits into the picture. Read more >

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Calor fatal en cada distrito de congreso: Nuevo mapa y 433 fichas informativas que muestran lo que está en juego

Un nuevo mapa interactivo de Union of Concerned Scientists le deja explorar cómo se pronostica que el calentamiento global va a aumentar la frecuencia y la severidad del calor extremo en su distrito de congreso. Con esta herramienta, podrá descargar fichas informativas en español o inglés que muestran los riesgos que enfrenta su distrito. Read more >

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My Written Testimony on Transportation Infrastructure and Climate Change

In May of this year, I had the opportunity to provide written testimony to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s hearing on “The Need for Resilience: Preparing America’s Transportation Infrastructure for Climate Change.” I focused on how the many impacts of climate change—from increasingly frequent heat waves to rising seas—stand to affect the transportation infrastructure we all depend on and outlined a set of solutions that could limit future disruptions to the system.

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Photo: Craig Davidenko/Drone Media
4th National Climate Assessment
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