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A new way to talk about heat

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🗞️ Driving the news: In the United States, record breaking heat has pushed experts and public health professionals to use new vocabulary and technologies to warn people about extreme heat
For example, recent research published in The Journal of Atmospheric Sciences proposes a new term to measure heat, one that may sound and feel familiar: ‘stickiness’

🔭 The context: May 2024 was the hottest May in record and the 12th month in a row to break temperature records
Climate change is increasing the frequency, intensity and duration of heat waves, which has led climate professionals to explore new ways of measuring and communicating heat risks

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: People are suffering from extreme heat across the globe, most markedly in India and Pakistan, Mexico, and the United States
New terms and technologies can improve communicating heat risk; a new ‘stickiness’ measure can help describe what heat feels like, and a new tool called HeatRisk lets users search a map to find out the level of heat risk across the US 

⏭️ What's next: At the moment, ‘stickiness’ is a technical term, but in the future it could help public health officials better prepare in keeping their communities cool
Using HeatRisk will help people without adequate cooling, or who are working in heat-sensitive industries like farms or municipalities, to assess the temperature conditions of the day in a specific area

💬 One quote: “It’s important to remember that heat is the number one weather related killer in the U.S. No one is immune to the impacts of heat.”Jessica Lee, public program coordinator at the National Weather service said

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