From the WashPost: Extreme Summer . ‘They are not slowing down’: The rise of billion-dollar disasters. One battered N.C. community illustrates how summer, fueled in part by climate change, is proving an especially perilous and costly season
“… the book turns out to be an examination, indeed an indictment, of the last few decades of American politics, business and society. This pandemic book spends relatively little time on the years of the pandemic, but it paints a grim picture of decisions and events from dozens of years before.
The Biden administration, through the interagency National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS), just launched Heat.gov, a website that serves as a hub for extreme heat and the health of the nation by providing clear, science-based information to understand and reduce the health risks that can be caused by extreme heat.
NIHHIS was created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to bring together all federal programs and agencies that focus on societal heat resilience to improve the federal, state, and local capacity to reduce the health, economic, and infrastructural impacts of the rising temperatures seen in the United States.
Heat.gov presents maps, data, and information from across disciplines that can enable informed decisions by communities and allow planning for heat in the weeks and months ahead. The site features heat information from across federal agencies, heat planning and preparedness guides, as well as interactive tools such as a climate explorer to see projected climate conditions in the U.S. and the CDC’s Heat & Health Tracker. Heat.gov also includes information on NIHHIS programs, events and news articles, heat and health program funding opportunities, and information to help at-risk communities.
“Natural hazards such as floods, droughts and heatwaves become disasters as a result of societal vulnerability, that is, a propensity of people, societies and ecosystems to be harmed. Often, people’s social, political and economic status determines the nature of differential and disproportionate impacts1. In addition, many natural hazards are not just natural processes, but have been made more likely and more intense by human-caused climate change2. This has long been recognized3,4,5, yet disasters continue to be construed as an ‘Act of God’ or described as ‘natural’.”