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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

, Lead Climate Justice Analyst

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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UCS Extreme Heat Report: A Call to Action on Midwest Clean Energy

, lead Midwest energy analyst

Excessively hot weather spread across the Great Plains and Midwest states last week. On Friday, Chicago faced heat indexes well above 110 degrees, and many other areas endured dangerous heat warnings and advisories.

According to a sobering new report issued earlier this week by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the heat impacts of climate change will bring increasingly frequent extreme heat events such as these if we don’t take aggressive action to mitigate global warming pollution. Read more >

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As Heatwave Blankets Nation, Utility Disconnect Policies Can Kill

, Senior Energy Analyst

As temperatures increase, so does our reliance on things like air conditioning. That increased electric load can stress the grid, but it can also stress our pocketbooks with the increased use of A/C translating into increased electric bills. Read more >

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Will the U.S. Be a Dystopian Hellscape in 2100 if Emissions Keep Rising?

, senior climate scientist

The US is on a path to an unrecognizably hot future. Here’s what that looks like and how to change course. Read more >

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This Weekend’s Heatwave Is the Future of Extreme Heat: 3 Things You Should Know and Do

, Senior analyst, Climate & Energy

It’s the heart of summer and we expect it to be hot. But not like this.

Kristy Dahl

Kristina Dahl co-authored this report. She is a senior climate scientist for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Extreme heat and humidity are forecast to smother much of the lower 48 states this weekend, Friday through Sunday. Depending on where you are in the US, it may have already arrived. Read more >

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