This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey FitzpatrickResearch Recap graphic identifier

The United Nations climate change conference is wrapping up in Paris this week. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy discussed EPA’s role in this international effort, and how EPA is delivering on President Obama’s climate agenda in her message Global Climate Action at COP-21.

Check out our Climate Change Research page to see how EPA science works behind the scenes to provide the knowledge people need to prepare for climate change and its impacts, so communities will have the best information possible to take action.

And here is some more science we are highlighting this week.

  • Hope: the Climate Message in Unexpected Places
    EPA’s Melissa McCullough recently saw an important message about climate change shows up in something as unexpected as Vogue magazine. The magazine presents the article “Climate Warriors,” which introduces readers to 13 women working to address the challenges of climate change.
    Read more about it in her blog Hope: the Climate Message in Unexpected Places.
  • Meet EPA Researcher Dr. Rachelle Duvall
    If you ever wondered whether one person can really make a difference when it comes to climate change… the answer is YES! EPA’s Rachelle Duvall is a perfect example. Duvall spent the last several months in Australia as an Embassy Science Fellow engaging people around the country on issues related to climate change.
    Read her interview in the blog Meet EPA Researcher Dr. Rachelle Duvall
  • Wildfire Research
    National Geographic recently wrote about the dangers of wildfire smoke. EPA’s Dr. Wayne Cascio was quoted, “We see these trends, and the emissions from wildfire smoke have tremendous public health implications.” EPA researchers found that emergency-room visits for heart failure jumped 37 percent following the smokiest days of a big 2008 peat fire in eastern North Carolina.
    Read the National Geographic article Smoke From Wildfires Is Killing Hundreds of Thousands of People.
    And here is more information about EPA’s North Carolina Wildfire Study.

If you have any comments or questions about what I share or about the week’s events, please submit them below in the comments section!

About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a student contractor and writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.


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