Extreme Heat & Climate Change Resources

Review of Union of Concerned Scientists’ Report/Tool and CCL’s Local Climate Impacts Resources

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/extreme-heat

Welcome to tonight’s webinar!

Tune in to learn from Dr. Kristina Dahl, lead author of the Union of Concerned Scientist's recent report "Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days."

Dr. Dahl will review the main findings of the report, the importance of communicating local impacts from climate change, as well as how to use the Union of Concerned Scientists' new tool where you can see an estimated number of extreme heat days for cities and counties in the US in your own local outreach and meetings.

There will also be time for attendees to share what tools they've been finding most effective to highlight local impacts recently and attendees are encouraged to post any questions ahead of time below in the Events Comments section to make sure they will be addressed.

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About Our Speaker

Dr. Kristina Dahl

Senior Climate Scientist

Union of Concerned Scientists

Kristina Dahl is a senior climate scientist for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she designs, executes, and communicates scientific analyses to make climate change more tangible to the general public, and to policymakers. Her research focuses on the impact of climate change, particularly sea level rise, on people and places. Much of Kristy's work involves spatial analyses and products, reflecting her lifelong passion for maps.

Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Dahl was the associate director of a school-wide climate change initiative at Rutgers University, and provided scientific guidance as a course scientist for the American Museum of Natural History’s Seminars on Science program, a set of online courses geared toward K-12 educators. She also served as a science communicator for Al Gore’s Climate Project, delivering presentations on global warming for K-12 students and adult learners.

Dr. Dahl earned a PhD in paleoclimate from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, and a BA in Earth sciences from Boston University. She has been quoted in The Guardian, National Geographic, The New Republic, San Francisco Chronicle, The Weather Channel, and local news outlets.

Our Agenda

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Takeaways From The Report

Review of Local Impact Resources

Why This Analysis?

Heat Index Background

Mid & Late Century Predictions

With the Amazon fires and related discussions about cattle grazing and reducing meat/beef consumption, do we have data to show the reduction in GHGs if Americans or the world population stopped eating beef.

And how that GHG drop compares with regulating tailpipe emissions and implementing a carbon fee and dividend policy.

My sense is stopping beef would be a drop in the bucket by comparison.

1. I heard that the sea level is rising faster on the east coast than the west coast. Why is sea level rise different in different places?

2. There is some new research that shows that feeding cows a bit of seaweed every day reduces their methane output by 90%.

How does this work and will it be possible to farm enough seaweed to feed all the cows being ranched currently?

I'd be curious to see a conversation about how we can use visioning to create a better story of what a future where we have economically and socially adjusted to the challenges and freedoms that the climate emergency movement will tackle. What will that world look like?

This is really basic. I was tabling today and had 2 different people state that putting a price on carbon will not help. They both stated(geologist and a paleontologist) that we are too late and we will experience sea level rise, extreme weather events no matter what we do but climate change will not wipe out human kind. I understand the basics of what is to come and what might happen but am a bit at a loss at this lack of concern and what appeared to be flippant response from members of the scientific community.

Another question is: What amount of methane is manageable? With the melting ice caps releasing the methane embedded in the permafrost and the methane cow farming produces...is there a way to keep the methane released at any kind of safe level?

CCL’s Local Impacts Resources

To find out more, go to: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources#local-impacts

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Extreme Heat Report & Tool: https://ucsusa.org/killer-heat

CCL Forums: https://community.citizensclimate.org/forums

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Training:

Extreme-Heat-Climate Science - Google Slides