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How Extreme Weather, Health, and Communities Connect

Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, is a Professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions in both environmental health and infectious disease with the California Health Department, including the highest as the State Health Officer. For nine years he was […]

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Consensus About Climate Change Among Weathercasters Nearly Unanimous

As severe storms, extreme temperatures, and other climate-related weather events grow more common, climate awareness among weathercasters continues to rise. A new survey from George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication found that 99 percent of U.S. weathercasters accept the existence of climate change (an increase of nearly 9 percent since May of last […]

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Is Your State Prepared for the Impacts of Climate Change?

Preventing the worst impacts of climate change is vital to our future – but some impacts may be unavoidable, and in many places, those impacts are already being felt. Rising seas in Miami, flooding in Texas, and severe drought in the western states are just a few recent examples. As these impacts become more common, […]

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How to Prepare Your Business for the New Norm in Extreme Weather

Weather patterns are changing and severely impacting all businesses – no matter the size. Scientists, including those at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, already suspect there may be a link between global warming and growing storm intensity. What brought that home to me, personally, was the news footage of storm-flooded streets I saw in […]

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Climate Change Acceptance Among Americans Reaches Highest Level in 7 Years

Americans not only want their political candidates to understand climate science – they are more likely to believe in climate science themselves. A new poll from the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College found that 70 percent of Americans feel there is strong evidence of global warming. This represents a seven percent increase in the […]

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Is Climate Skepticism on the Way Out?

As the international climate summit in Paris grows ever nearer, social and political support for climate solutions continues to mount – and climate denial is going the way of the dodo. As this Guardian article explains, there are three main reasons for this shift.   1) People are seeing evidence of climate change with their […]

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Is Your City One of the 25 Most At Risk from Climate Impacts?

One of the best ways to make the climate issue resonate for people is show how climate change impacts them personally. A new study by weather.com looked at the factors affecting America’s 100 largest cities, and identified the top 25 most at risk. Some, like Denver and Detroit, may see significant increases in heat. Others, […]

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How Social Cohesion Helps Create a More Equitable Response to Climate Change

Climate impacts affect us all, but poorer populations are especially at risk. Low-income housing tends to offer inadequate protection against extreme weather, and low-income areas often have higher rates of illnesses such as asthma that are exacerbated by climate change. But there is a way for these vulnerable communities to fight back. As this article […]

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Over 90% of TV Weathercasters Now Accept the Reality of Climate Change

Acceptance of climate change and awareness of climate impacts has increased dramatically among TV weathercasters. According to a new survey from the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, over 90 percent of TV weathercasters have concluded that climate change is happening (versus 54 percent in 2010), and almost 90 percent believe humans are […]

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Political Affiliation Affects How People Perceive Extreme Weather

Weather events like unseasonably warm days or epic snowstorms should be a convincing argument for climate change. But according to a new study in Nature Climate Change, how people perceive the weather has a lot to do with their political beliefs. Respondents were polled in March 2012, just after an unusually warm winter. As outlined […]

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