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GEORGE LUBER: WHY CLIMATE CHANGE HAS CDC SCIENTISTS WORRIED

The Climate 25: George Luber from Weather Films on Vimeo. “CLIMATE CHANGE WILL INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF DISEASE.” As the effects of climate change increase, so, too, will its effects on human health. “Heat waves [in America],”  Dr. George Luber notes, “kill more people every year than all other extreme weather combined, more than flooding, more than hurricanes, more than tornadoes.” Luber, who has researched subjects including heat stress in urban environments and harmful algal blooms, climate change will “increase the potential for the transmission of disease” as well as directly affect human health through an increase in severe weather events, including heat waves. Luber is an epidemiologist and the chief of the Climate and Health Program in the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects at the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has also served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and staff epidemiologist at CDC. Additionally, Luber is a co-chair of the Climate Change and Human Health Interagency Workgroup at the US Global Research Program and a member of the American Anthropological Association’s Presidential Task Force on Climate Change. He is also a convening lead author and member of the Federal Advisory Committee for the US National Climate Assessment and a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Fifth Assessment...

JAMES WOOLSEY: FORMER CIA DIRECTOR’S SURPRISING TAKE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The Climate 25: James Woolsey from Weather Films on Vimeo. CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE WEATHER ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF NATIONAL SECURITY DECISIONS. James Woolsey was director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1993 until 1995 under President Bill Clinton and served in four administrations, both Democratic and Republican. And he describes climate change as an “important part of national security.” Prior to his involvement with the Central Intelligence Agency, Woolsey served as President Jimmy Carter’s undersecretary of the Navy. Woolsey also worked as Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. He is now a “clean-energy enthusiast” and a believer in energy independence for the United States. He is also of counsel to the law firm, Goodwin Procter and is a Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management and Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Defense of...

NICKY SUNDT: THERE’S NO ESCAPE ROUTE WHEN IT COMES TO CLIMATE CHANGE

The Climate 25: Nicky Sundt from Weather Films on Vimeo. THE PLANET IS OUR SHELTER. WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF IT. From 1976 through 1990, Nicky Sundt spent most of his summers working for the U.S. Forest Service as a firefighter – including six seasons as a smokejumper. Now, working for the World Wildlife Fund, he sees in the changes in the frequency of forest fires in the United States, a stark warning for what could happen in the future if we don’t work to combat climate change. In the 1990s, Sundt edited two climate-related publications before joining the coordination office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program in 2000, where he was the communications director. Since June 2014, he has served as the director of climate change science and policy integration for the WWF. Sundt has written blog posts about climate change for the WWF Climate Blog and the Huffington...

HELENE GAYLE: WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD’S BIGGEST THREAT TO FOOD SECURITY

The Climate 25: Helene Gayle from Weather Films on Vimeo. “IT IS IRONIC THAT THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IS GREATEST FOR THOSE LEAST RESPONSIBLE.”  While it’s difficult to attribute a given weather event to climate change, Dr. Helene Gayle sees in events like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina a warning about the effects climate change could have worldwide, especially on poor communities. Gayle has served as president and CEO of CARE USA, “a leading humanitarian organization working to fight global poverty,” since 2006. As a physician trained in pediatrics and public health, she was the staff epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after working in the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. Gayle also worked as the AIDS coordinator and chief of the HIV/AIDS division for the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as serving as director for the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention sector of the CDC, and director of the CDC’s Washington, D.C. office. Gayle also previously worked as the director of the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She was listed as number 78 on Forbes 2014 list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful...

JOE ROMM: WE CAN SAVE THE WORLD FROM HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF MISERY

The Climate 25: Joe Romm from Weather Films on Vimeo. IN A FEW DECADES, EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS WILL BE BEYOND COMPREHENSION. “If you thought that the droughts and heat waves and super storms were big now,” says Dr. Joseph Romm, “these are just a taste of what’s to come.” Romm is a physicist, climate expert and the Founding Editor of climateprogress.org, where he works to more effectively communicate the risks associated with climate change to the general public. Romm is also the author of several books, including “Hell and High Water: Global Warming—The Solution” and “The Politics and The Hype About Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate.” In March 2009, he was named one of Rolling Stone’s “100 People Who Are Changing America.” Before his time at climateprogress.org, Romm served as principal deputy assistant secretary from 1995 to 1998 at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and in 1997 served as acting assistant secretary of the...

BRIGADIER GEN. STEPHEN CHENEY, USMC (RET.): 70% OF THE WORLD’S MILITARIES ARE PREPARING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

The Climate 25: Steve Cheney from Weather Films on Vimeo. “THERE’S NO DOUBT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY.” Retired Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney knows the pressures that a changing climate will place on the United States military. Naval bases will have to deal with rising sea levels. The potential for conflict ignited by climate change will increase. And the U.S. military will continue to be among the first responders in the event of natural disasters. Having served for three decades career in the U.S. Marine Corps, both in staff and command positions, Cheney understands the importance of preparing the U.S. military for this future. He is an advocate for military preparation in the face of climate change threats and a strong voice in the conversation about national security and global warming. Cheney is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project, a nonpartisan group focused on United States security in the 21st century. He has served on the organization’s board since 2006. He has also acted as a panelist for numerous forums on the topic, including the Association of Climate Change Officers’ 2015 Defense, National Security & Climate Change Symposium and Climate Week NYC 2014. He has characterized climate change as one of the most critical national security issues of this...

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