New climate projections show rising exposure to extreme heat in disadvantaged communities

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Extreme heat is particularly dangerous for disadvantaged communities, which are least able to prepare for, withstand, and recover from its impacts. In the future, far more Americans living in disadvantaged communities will face exacerbated consequences from extreme heat on their health, and hardships from reduced energy reliability during heat waves. The number of additional people in these communities exposed to health-threatening and energy security-impacting heat waves each year could rise by 25 million by 2050 in even a moderate climate change scenario.

The ICF Climate Center leverages the latest climate projections with ICF’s market-leading climate risk analytics platform, ClimateSight, to understand how people living in disadvantaged communities could be impacted by extreme heat in the coming decades.

Read this report to:

  • See how potential exposure to extreme heat that is a threat to human health and energy security will grow in U.S. disadvantaged communities.
  • Examine local case studies that spotlight the information state and local government planners need to understand the risks of extreme heat to their communities.
  • Learn five strategies to advance extreme heat adaptation in disadvantaged communities.
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Meet the authors
  1. Judsen Bruzgul, Senior Director, Climate Adaptation and Resilience + ICF Climate Center Senior Fellow

    Judsen Bruzgul, Ph.D., helps clients assess vulnerabilities and manage risks from changing climate and extreme weather to infrastructure and natural resources in the United States and abroad.  View bio

  2. Mason Fried, Director, Climate Science

    Mason Fried, Ph.D., is a climate scientist who uses climate projections and analytics to assess climate and extreme weather risks and develop resilience solutions for clients in the public and private sectors. View bio

  3. Adam Parris, Senior Consultant, Climate Planning + ICF Climate Center Senior Fellow

    Adam is an environmental expert with more than 20 years of experience helping people build equitable and just solutions to adapt to climate and societal change. View bio

  4. Raquel Silva, Lead Health Scientist

    Raquel Silva, Ph.D., is a lead health scientist with more than 15 years of experience in management and environmental health research. She applies her expertise and management experience to support public sector clients in systematic literature reviews, data analysis, report development, and project management. View bio

  5. Durban Keeler, Senior Climate Resilience Specialist

    Durban Keeler, Ph.D., is a climate scientist who specializes in assessing the impacts and hazards associated with climate change.