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Seminar: Health Impacts of Extreme Heat and Adaptation

Wednesday, April 19
10:00 – 11:00 am
SFU Blusson Hall 10800, Burnaby Campus
No pre-registration needed.

Exposure to extreme heat is a recognized threat to public health. In the United States, more people die of heat-related causes each year than of all other natural disasters combined. Furthermore, periods of extreme heat are expected to become more frequent and severe in the future due to climate change. This talk will describe research on the current risk of mortality and morbidity associated with exposure to ambient temperature, estimates of how this risk may change over the 21st century as temperatures are projected to rise, and the effectiveness of strategies to prevent heat-related mortality and morbidity, such as issuing warnings in advance of extreme heat events.

About the presenter: Dr. Kate Weinberger is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Environment & Society at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Her work focuses on the relationship between ambient temperature and human health, as well as on the effectiveness of heat adaptation strategies. Dr. Weinberger holds a PhD in environmental health sciences and an MA in climate science and policy, both from Columbia University.

This topic also relates to the recently published paper “A multi-perspective examination of heatwaves affecting Metro Vancouver: now into the future,” co-authored by ACT’s Deborah Harford and Yaheli Klein. Click here to read more about this paper. 

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