Killer Heat - Climate Choices and the Future

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Kimball Hall Seelos Theater
Event Type
Lecture - Speaker
Paula Hall
(508) 793-2288
Sociology / Anthropology Department

Extreme heat is poised to rise steeply in frequency and severity in the coming decades, bringing unprecedented health risks for people and communities across the United States. In this talk, Erika Spanger-Siegfried, a senior analyst in the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists will review data analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists’ recent report on the future of extreme heat in the United States. This analysis shows the rapid, widespread increases in extreme heat that are projected to occur across the country due to climate change, including conditions so extreme that a heat index cannot be measured. The analysis also finds that the intensity of the coming heat depends heavily on how quickly we act now to reduce heat-trapping emissions. The results highlight a stark choice: We can continue on our current path, where we fail to reduce emissions and extreme heat soars. Or we can take bold action now to dramatically reduce emissions and prevent the worst from becoming reality. 
Erika Spanger-Siegfried, a senior analyst in the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, researches, writes and speaks about U.S. climate change impacts and preparedness. She currently oversees UCS’s climate impacts analyses, including a portfolio of leading-edge work on sea level rise and extreme heat, that help shed light on ongoing climate change impacts, current efforts to cope with these impacts, and the urgency of strong leadership and action. During her more than 20 years as a climate change professional, she has managed half a dozen large-scale, multi-disciplinary climate research and engagement projects. 

Categories: Political Science,McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture,Featured,Environmental Studies,Biology,Sociology and Anthropology

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