Heat waves could increase substantially in size by mid-century, says new study 7 October 2019

Heat waves could increase substantially in size by mid-century, says new study

Our planet has been baking under the sun this summer as temperatures reached the hottest ever recorded and heat waves spread across the globe. While the climate continues to warm, scientists expect the frequency and intensity of heat waves to increase. However, a commonly overlooked aspect is the spatial size of heat waves, despite its important implications.

Extreme heat increases pregnant women’s risk of pre-term delivery 30 September 2019

Extreme heat increases pregnant women’s risk of pre-term delivery

Women from states in the U.S. Southeast have the highest rates of premature deliveries in the country. Extreme heat plays a role.

NIHHIS to be showcased in Chile at WMO & WHO meeting on Integrated Information Systems for Extreme Heat 20 August 2019

NIHHIS to be showcased in Chile at WMO & WHO meeting on Integrated Information Systems for Extreme Heat

CPO’s Hunter Jones will attend to build NOAA and NIHHIS international partnership through the Global Heat Health Information Network.

Citizen Scientists Take to the Streets to Map the Hottest Places in Ten U.S. Cities 24 July 2019

Citizen Scientists Take to the Streets to Map the Hottest Places in Ten U.S. Cities

Citizen scientists will take to the streets during the hottest days this summer to map hot spots in ten different U.S. cities. The campaign is part of a NOAA-funded project to map places where buildings, asphalt, and other parts of urban environments can amplify high temperatures, putting people at heightened risk of heat illness during extreme heat events.

Eight cities slated to run Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns in summer 2019 21 June 2019

Eight cities slated to run Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns in summer 2019

Community organizers in eight U.S. cities have been offered support for UHI mapping campaigns through the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and CPO’s Communication, Education, and Engagement Division.

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