Maybe some folk scan listen in on this and take notes.
PRESS ADVISORY: LEADING SCIENTISTS TO DISCUSS CLIMATE CHANGE, HEAT WAVES AND WILDFIRES
WHAT: As a heat wave sweeps across much of the country and wildfires rage in the West, many are wondering about the connection between these types of extreme weather events and climate change. Climate Communication has put together Heat Waves and Climate Change, a summary of the latest peer-reviewed literature on climate change and the recent increase in temperatures — a contributing factor to wildfires. Panelists on this call will discuss how climate change contributes to the extreme weather events unfolding now, their public health impacts and how similar risks could multiply in the future.
WHEN: Thursday, June 28, 11 a.m. Eastern Time
To call in and listen only, dial 1-855-244-8681. The event number is 660 341 332.
Dr. Steven Running — Director, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, Dept. of Ecosystem Sciences, University of Montana
Dr. Howard Frumkin — Dean, School of Public Health, Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
Dr. Michael Oppenheimer — Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University.
Susan Joy Hassol, Director at Climate Communication, will moderate the panel
Some facts from Heat Waves and Climate Change, which will be available tomorrow:
- Since 1950 the number of heat waves worldwide has increased, and heat waves have become longer
- In the past several years, the global area hit by extremely unusual hot temperatures has increased 50-fold
- In the U.S., new record high temperatures now regularly outnumber new record lows by a ratio of 2:1; In 2012, the ratio for the year (through June 26) stands at more than 9:1.
- In the U.S., the rise in heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere has increased the probability of record-breaking temperatures 15-fold
- If we continue business as usual, the same summertime temperatures that ranked among the top 5% in 1950–1979 will occur at least 70% of the time by 2035–2064 in the U.S.
- By the end of this century, a once-every-20 year heat wave is projected to occur every other year
h/t to reader Steve Divine