The Weather Channel's Warming Signs podcast highlights Carolinas RISA extreme heat research

Carolinas RISA team’s Dr. Ashley Ward joined The Weather Channel’s Kait Parker on the podcast, Warming Signs, to discuss the relationship between high heat days and preterm delivery in North Carolina. Dr. Ward’s research with the Carolinas RISA on extreme heat and preterm births has highlighted differences between the impact of heat on preterm labor in urban and rural areas as well as regional differences in North Carolina. Dr. Ward believes the RISA program consists of a group of “committed folks that help solve these issues” and bridges the science, data and knowledge gap between researchers, scientists and communities. Although Dr. Ward’s research raises concern, she says that the RISA program “gives her hope” for communities combating extreme heat.

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Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.


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