C2ES Releases New Extreme Weather Map on Eve of Senate Climate Hearing

Press Release
July 31, 2012

Contact: Laura Rehrmann, 703-516-0621, rehrmannl@c2es.org

C2ES Releases New Extreme Weather Map on Eve of Senate Climate Hearing

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) has created a new online map providing an overview of extreme U.S. weather events since 1990. The map highlights examples of extreme heat, heavy precipitation, drought, and wildfire -- four types of events with clear trends connected to climate change.

In a blog post announcing the new map, C2ES science and policy fellow Dan Huber summarizes the recent run of extreme weather:

“Climate change is elevating the risk of extreme weather,” writes Huber. “It’s crucial that we take stock of what each disaster teaches us so that we understand the rising risks and are better prepared for what’s to come.”

The science behind climate change will be the focus of a hearing tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug. 1) before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee titled “Update on the Latest Climate Change Science and Local Adaptation Measures.” The hearing, set for 10 a.m. in 406 Dirksen, is the Senate’s first in this Congress focusing directly on climate change science.

For more information:

Extreme weather map: http://www.c2es.org/science-impacts/extreme-weather

Climate Compass blog: http://www.c2es.org/climatecompass

Follow @C2ES_org on Twitter or #epwclimatehearing.

Contact Senior Communications Manager Laura Rehrmann at rehrmannl@c2es.org to arrange an interview with a C2ES expert.

About C2ES: The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an independent non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change. Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.