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

, Climate Vulnerability Social Scientist

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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Former Military Offer Insights on Extreme Heat and the Military Analysis

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

You could say that I have a personal interest in the effect of extreme heat on the military. My family is no stranger to the Armed Forces. As a matter of fact, more than 20 family members have served in the military, including my four brothers–1 in the Army, 2 in the Navy and 1 in the Air Force.

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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
NBC News and InsideClimateNews
Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch
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Los reclutas minoritarios de las Fuerzas Armadas de EEUU enfrentan una creciente amenaza: el calor extremo

, Climate Vulnerability Social Scientist

El calor extremo afecta de manera desproporcionada a las personas de minorías étnicas y raciales. En un novedoso estudio reciente que hicimos en Union of Concerned Scientists, encontramos que la población civil de bajo ingreso, y de minorías raciales en áreas metropolitanas en Estados Unidos se verán expuestas a muchos más días de calor fatal si no tomamos acción para reducir las emisiones de carbono.

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Mounting Impacts on Florida Will Make It Hard for Trump to Avoid Climate Change Talk at G7

, senior climate scientist

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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