Michelle Hawkins of NOAA's National Weather Service shares tips for staying safe in extreme heat with The Weather Channel as the FEMA PrepareAthon's Extreme Heat Week begins. She discusses heat watches, warning, and advisories as well as tips for protecting vulnerable populations (including National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Where's Baby campaign) and signs and symptoms of heat stress. For more information on extreme heat and tools and trainings to reduce risk, visit the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) at http://climate.gov/nihhis.
On November 12, 2015, DfRR brought together an amazing group of speakers representing the broadest cross-section of professions involved in climate change to highlight both the short and long-term impacts of extreme heat and the risks we take if we fail to act. The committee organized panels and case studies in terms of scale, from the most global challenges to the most local opportunities. Conflicting and contrasting solutions were welcome, making for an oftentimes lively debate. The symposium also illuminated the unresolved and the yet-to-be-determined.
On April 4, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released the inaugural Climate Change and Human Health Assessment: 'Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment." This scientific assessment was developed by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), as part of the ongoing efforts of USGCRP’s sustained National Climate Assessment process and as called for under the President’s Climate Action Plan.
A new study by Haiyan Teng (National Center for Atmospheric Research; NCAR) and other NCAR researchers, funded by the Climate Program Office’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections program, evaluated by how much and why the variability of within-season summer surface air temperature will increase by the end of the 21st century.
NOAA partners with Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture, NASA, Department of Homeland Security, and the Centers for Disease Control to issue notification of emerging risk of Rift Valley Fever in East Africa due to El Niño-related rains.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather.
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