climate change impacts


In the US West Scorched by Wildfires, We Can Barely Breathe. It’s Going to Get Worse.

, senior climate scientist

We built upon data from a 2016 study projecting future “smoke wave” days to better understand where and for whom smoky days will be of increasing concern as climate change pushes wildfires to new extremes. Read more >

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Forest Service Photo by Kari Greer

U.S. West Faces a Grim Summer as Red Flag Fire and COVID-19 Warnings Mount

, Kendall Science Fellow

Across the Western US, surges of COVID-19 cases are colliding with wildfires. New warnings that states with the highest number of cases in the country are now facing immediate fire risk mean the picture is about to get grimmer for this region. Read more >

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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

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

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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US Military on the Front Lines of Extreme Heat

, senior climate scientist

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
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Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch
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How Alaska’s Recent Heat Wave May Worsen Climate Warming

, Kendall Science Fellow

Over the holiday weekend, three cities in Alaska experienced record heat with temperatures in Anchorage reaching 90°F. In a city where local July temperatures averaged 61°F in 2018, this extreme heat illustrates the dramatic effects of climate change in northern regions of the world. These record-breaking temperatures, however, could further intensify climate warming by priming Alaskan landscapes to release carbon and heat-trapping gases in two major ways. Read more >

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