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How to weather this week's heat wave 21 July 2016

How to weather this week's heat wave

Chicagoans try to beat the summer heat. Dawn Rhodes, Contact Reporter, Chicago Tribune

Everyone from health officials to utilities companies are offering advice on how to weather the heat wave the end of this week.
NYC could experience higher heat-related mortality under increased greenhouse gas concentrations, study finds 7 July 2016

NYC could experience higher heat-related mortality under increased greenhouse gas concentrations, study finds

A CPO-supported study projected substantially higher heat-related mortality under RCP 8.5 and substantially reduced deaths under RCP 4.5 in New York City through the 21st century.

White House Webinar: Building Community Preparedness to Extreme Heat 26 May 2016

White House Webinar: Building Community Preparedness to Extreme Heat

On May 26, 2016 at 2pm EDT, the National Security Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy held a webinar focused on building community preparedness to extreme heat - which populations are most vulnerable, and what information, tools, and other resources are available to manage heat risk - many of which will be featured on the interagency National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) upon its launch on May 22nd.

Report Release: Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction – Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Heat Wave Implementation Plan Progress Review (2016) 25 May 2016

Report Release: Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction – Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Heat Wave Implementation Plan Progress Review (2016)

Heat Wave Implementation Plan CDC, EPA, and NOAA Responses Marking Progress on the Grand Challenges

In 2005, the SDR identified a set of challenges that, when addressed, would reduce community vulnerability to disasters and thus create a more disaster-resilient Nation. These were set forth in the report, Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction, which formulated a ten-year strategy for disaster reduction through science and technology. The SDR subsequently developed a Heat Wave Implementation Plan released in 2008 that contained priority science and technology interagency strategic actions to improve the Nation's capacity to mitigate, respond to, and recover from extreme heat events. An ad hoc SDR task force was spun up in 2016 to assess agency progress on addressing the 17 short-, medium-, and long-term strategic actions contained in the SDR Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Heat Wave Implementation Plan.

NOAA 2016 summer outlook: Where are the highest chances for a hot summer in the U.S.? 24 May 2016

NOAA 2016 summer outlook: Where are the highest chances for a hot summer in the U.S.?

Most of the continental United States is facing elevated chances of well above average summer temperatures, according to the latest outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

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