Global warming


What do Alaska Wildfires Mean for Global Climate Change?

, Kendall Science Fellow

During the (on-going) 2019 fire season, over 2 million acres have burned – an area roughly equivalent to that of Yellowstone National Park. In comparison to many fires in the conterminous United States, many fires in Alaska burn far away from population centers, and as such can be fought and responded to differently. However, to put the alarming nature of this season in context, the 2019 fire season in Alaska has already burned greater acreage than ALL fires in California during 2018 (~1.8 million acres), the year of the devastating Camp, Woolsey, and Carr fires. 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

, senior climate scientist

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 >

AP Photo/John Locher
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Climate Risk Disclosure Act Is Good for Your Investments

, Corporate Analyst and Engagement Specialist

This legislation is desperately needed – our economy is so interconnected, and the effects of climate change so far-reaching that no publicly-traded company is untouched by or immune to climate-related financial risks. Companies will emerge with more robust climate plans, and investors will (finally) have a mandated climate reporting framework that will allow them to evaluate and compare the climate risks in their portfolios. 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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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 >

AP Photo/Daily News, Miranda Pederson
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