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Released: 17-Aug-2022 8:05 AM EDT
Project a model for community-based climate adaptation strategies
University of Miami

As part of the University of Miami multidisciplinary initiative, Hyperlocalism: Transforming the Paradigm for Climate Adaptation, residents from Homestead and Little River devised solutions to combat the effects of climate change in their communities.

Released: 10-Aug-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Extreme heat and drought events require more systematic risk assessment
University of Zurich

Simultaneous extreme heat and drought events have consequences in a variety of areas – for example the economy, health and food production.

   
Released: 5-Aug-2022 2:55 PM EDT
Children’s health will be negatively impacted by poorer fitness as global temperatures rise, new research shows
Taylor & Francis

Record levels of obesity and physical inactivity among children mean they are set to bear the brunt of poorer health effects from rising global temperatures – that’s the stark warning in a new comprehensive review of current studies on the topic.

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Released: 3-Aug-2022 12:45 PM EDT
Data from elephant seals reveal new features of marine heatwave ‘the Blob’
University of California, Santa Cruz

The North Pacific Blob, was the largest and longest-lasting marine heatwave on record. A new study using data collected by elephant seals reveals that in addition to the well documented surface warming, deeper warm-water anomalies associated with the Blob were much more extensive than previously reported.

Released: 2-Aug-2022 3:35 PM EDT
Marine heatwaves have devastating impacts on marine life in the tropical western and central Pacific Ocean region
SciencePOD

Research published in Global and Planetary Change examines the trends and projected frequency, intensity and duration of marine heatwaves (MHWs).

Released: 2-Aug-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Wildfires are intensifying around the world. Here are the latest headlines in wildfires research for media
Newswise

California’s McKinney Fire grew to become the state’s largest fire so far this year. The risk of wildfire is rising globally due to climate change. Below are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Wildfires channel on Newswise.

       
Released: 1-Aug-2022 5:25 PM EDT
Most but not all Texas coaches say they’ll plan for climate change
Rice University

A survey of coaches and athletic officials in Texas indicates many of them would be wise to think harder about the risks their students face as the climate changes, according to Rice University researchers who conducted the statewide study.

   
Newswise: What’s behind the heat wave in Europe?
Released: 21-Jul-2022 2:15 PM EDT
What’s behind the heat wave in Europe?
University of Miami

Roads, railways, and utilities are at risk during the record-breaking temperatures. Even buildings, many of which lack air-conditioning, provide little relief, putting the health of people in danger. University of Miami experts address the torridness that is wreaking havoc on the area, especially the United Kingdom.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Sweltering summer? Avoid heat-related illness
Released: 20-Jul-2022 12:15 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Sweltering summer? Avoid heat-related illness
Penn State Health

As temperatures soar this summer, the risk of heat-related illness does, too. Recognizing the symptoms of this preventable illness and getting swift treatment are critically important.

Newswise: FSU Public Health Expert Available to Comment on Extreme Heat
Released: 13-Jul-2022 4:45 PM EDT
FSU Public Health Expert Available to Comment on Extreme Heat
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: July 13, 2022 | 3:50 pm | SHARE: Extreme heat is the leading weather-related cause of death in the United States. It can kill through heat exhaustion or heat stroke, as well as by contributing to deaths from heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and other diseases. Vulnerable populations, such as older adults, infants, outdoor workers and others, are at increased risk.

Newswise: UCLA Fielding School Project Shows Health Effects of Extreme Heat Across California at the Community Level
11-Jul-2022 9:00 AM EDT
UCLA Fielding School Project Shows Health Effects of Extreme Heat Across California at the Community Level
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

UCLA Fielding School project shows health effects of extreme heat across California at the community level; tool shows which communities are at greatest risk of harm during extreme heat days.

Released: 28-Jun-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Increasing Heat Waves Affect Up to Half a Billion People
University of Gothenburg

Climate change is a reality and extremely high temperatures have been reported by India and Pakistan in the spring.

   
Released: 24-Jun-2022 3:15 PM EDT
To Beat the Summer Heat, New Study Finds Passive Cooling Really Works
University of Oregon

Opening the windows at night and pulling down shades during the sunniest part of the afternoon can keep homes from becoming dangerously hot during extreme heat waves. New research from the University of Oregon measures just how big of an impact these passive cooling strategies can have, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

Newswise: New Study: 2021 Heat Wave Created ‘Perfect Storm’ for Shellfish Die-Off
Released: 21-Jun-2022 4:20 PM EDT
New Study: 2021 Heat Wave Created ‘Perfect Storm’ for Shellfish Die-Off
University of Washington

A team led by the University of Washington has compiled and analyzed hundreds of these field observations to produce the first comprehensive report of the impacts of the 2021 heat wave on shellfish.

Released: 16-Jun-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Global Warming Is Threatening the Health of People in Britain, Study Shows
University of Surrey

Heatwaves are making more people in rural areas of England severely ill today than they were in the 1980s, according to new research from the University of Surrey.

Newswise: How Buildings Contribute to Urban Heating during Heat Waves
Released: 1-Jun-2022 4:05 PM EDT
How Buildings Contribute to Urban Heating during Heat Waves
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Previous research has found that heat waves and urban heat island effects reinforce each other’s effects. New research developed a method for modeling urban building energy demand and associated heat dispersal during heat waves.

Newswise: Scientists Identify the Most Extreme Heatwaves Ever Recorded Globally
3-May-2022 5:05 AM EDT
Scientists Identify the Most Extreme Heatwaves Ever Recorded Globally
University of Bristol

A new study has revealed the most intense heatwaves ever across the world – and remarkably some of these went almost unnoticed decades ago.

Released: 23-Mar-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Neighbourhoods feeling the heat as medium density housing robs suburbs of street and garden trees
University of South Australia

University of South Australia researchers are calling for new national planning policies to mandate the inclusion of trees in any future housing developments and architectural designs.

Released: 9-Mar-2022 12:20 PM EST
Heatwave hotspots linked to urban agglomerations in Africa
Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Due to global warming, heatwave events will likely cause severe damage to natural ecosystems and human society.

Released: 8-Mar-2022 11:00 AM EST
Global warming projected to increase health burden from hyponatremia
Karolinska Institute

Global warming is likely to increase the number of people requiring hospitalization due to critically low sodium levels in the blood, a condition known as hyponatremia.

   
Released: 7-Mar-2022 4:05 PM EST
Higher risk of temperature-related death if global warming exceeds 2°C
University College London

The death rate linked to extreme temperatures will increase significantly under global warming of 2°C, finds a report by researchers from UCL and the University of Reading.

Released: 4-Mar-2022 4:05 AM EST
Changes in air pollution linked with dry spells in Asia and summer heatwaves in Europe
University of Reading

Air pollution increases in South East Asia, combined with pollution cuts in Europe, may have had an important influence on European and Asian weather patterns in recent decades, new research has found.

Released: 23-Feb-2022 12:45 PM EST
Extreme heat linked to increase in mental health emergency care
Boston University School of Medicine

During periods of extreme heat, clinicians should expect to see an increase in patients requiring mental health services, according to a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health researchers.

Released: 4-Feb-2022 11:05 AM EST
US household air conditioning use could exceed electric capacity in next decade due to climate change
American Geophysical Union (AGU)

An 8% increase in summer air conditioning demand can be expected in the U.S. when the global average temperature exceeds 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Newswise: Calling for Action in the Face of Climate Change Events
Released: 1-Feb-2022 2:25 PM EST
Calling for Action in the Face of Climate Change Events
Stony Brook University

A new commentary in the inaugural issue of PLOS Climate by two researchers, including Stony Brook University’s Professor Kevin A. Reed, calls for developed nations to direct resources toward operationalizing extreme weather events and impact attribution.

Released: 26-Jan-2022 3:10 PM EST
Urban greening ‘not a panacea’ for dealing with extreme weather, study finds
Cardiff University

Urban greening is unlikely to provide a single fix for tackling extreme weather events brought on by climate change, scientists have suggested.

Newswise: Climate crisis drives Mediterranean coral populations to collapse
Released: 19-Jan-2022 4:20 PM EST
Climate crisis drives Mediterranean coral populations to collapse
University of Barcelona

A new study led by teams of the Faculty of Biology, the Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio) of the University of Barcelona, and the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) of Barcelona has revealed that marine heatwaves associated with the climate crisis are bringing down the populations of coral in the Mediterranean, the biomass of which in some cases has been reduced by 80 to 90%.

Newswise: Mass die-off of Magellanic penguins seen during 2019 heat wave
Released: 4-Jan-2022 2:45 PM EST
Mass die-off of Magellanic penguins seen during 2019 heat wave
University of Washington

In 2019, researchers witnessed an extreme heat event at Punta Tombo in Argentina, one of the world’s largest breeding colonies for Magellanic penguins. On Jan. 19, temperatures at the site spiked in the shade to 44 C, or 111.2 F, killing at least 354 penguins, nearly three-quarters of whom were adults.

21-Dec-2021 3:20 PM EST
Homelessness Increases Serious Illness, Emergency Room Visits During Heat Waves
University of California San Diego

UC San Diego researchers in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Department of Emergency Medicine, discuss the health impacts of heat waves on people experiencing homelessness, emergency department visits and which characteristics make them at-risk.

Released: 16-Dec-2021 3:55 PM EST
Concurrent heatwaves seven times more frequent than 1980s
Washington State University

Multiple large heatwaves the size of Mongolia occurred at the same time nearly every day during the warm seasons of the 2010s across the Northern Hemisphere, according to a study led by Washington State University researchers.

Newswise: As the Mercury Rises, the Urban Heat Penalty Grows, Especially at Night
Released: 16-Dec-2021 12:00 AM EST
As the Mercury Rises, the Urban Heat Penalty Grows, Especially at Night
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

City living translates to an extra two to six hours of uncomfortable weather per day in the summer for people in much of the United States. The gap between rural and urban gets larger as the temperature rises.

Released: 9-Nov-2021 4:25 PM EST
Anthropogenic emissions and urbanization increase risks of compound hot extremes in cities
Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Most areas of the world are experiencing increasing and intensifying hot extremes. Heat-related health consequences vary with the characteristics of the exposed landscape and types of hot extreme.

   
Newswise: Study explores the global distribution, trends and drivers of flash droughts
Released: 3-Nov-2021 12:40 PM EDT
Study explores the global distribution, trends and drivers of flash droughts
University of Oklahoma

Flash droughts are described as rapidly developing, unexpected periods of drought. These flash droughts can cause severe impacts to agricultural and ecological systems and cause ripple effects that extend even further.

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Released: 28-Oct-2021 1:20 PM EDT
Heatwaves like ‘the Blob’ could decrease role of ocean as carbon sink
University of British Columbia

Researchers have found the two-year heatwave known as ‘the Blob’ may have temporarily dampened the Pacific’s ‘biological pump,’ which shuttles carbon from the surface ocean to the deep sea where it can be stored for millennia.

Released: 13-Oct-2021 3:35 PM EDT
Increases in extreme humid-heat disproportionately affect populated regions
Washington State University

The world is not only getting hotter but also more humid and new research by Washington State University scientists shows people living in areas where humid-heat extremes are already a significant hazard are bearing the brunt of the impact.

Newswise: A new method for predicting the response of ecosystems to marine heatwaves developed by international collaboration
Released: 8-Oct-2021 5:35 PM EDT
A new method for predicting the response of ecosystems to marine heatwaves developed by international collaboration
University of Hong Kong

Marine heatwaves, driven by climate change, are becoming more frequent and intense worldwide.

Released: 6-Oct-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Researchers reveal the growing threat extreme heat poses to urban populations
University of California, Santa Barbara

Between global warming and the urban heat island effect, many of the world’s cities are heating up. In fact, extreme heat already affects almost two billion urban residents worldwide, according to a new study led by former UC Santa Barbara graduate student Cascade Tuholske.

Released: 27-Sep-2021 7:05 AM EDT
The Kids Are Not Alright
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Children are to face disproportionate increases in lifetime extreme event exposure – especially in low-income countries, according to new research by an international group of scientists.

Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021
Newswise

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.


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