Heatwaves 101: The Science of Extreme Heat

Thursday, Jul 18, 2024, 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Extreme heatwaves have become more frequent and intense across South and Southeast Asia, North America, and Southeastern Europe since April 2024. These heatwaves have led to school shutdowns, wildfire risks, and adverse impacts on the workforce in various sectors. As heatwaves continue to threaten labor productivity, agricultural output, health, and even lives, understanding their unprecedented nature is crucial for public safety. Join us for “Heatwaves 101,” a comprehensive 2-part series that will delve into the science of extreme heat and understanding its impact. In this first panel of the two-part series, we will discuss the science around extreme heat, including methodologies of predicting heatwaves, the impact of extreme heat on health, and the scope and limitations of Heat Action Plans of India. Date: Thursday, July 18, 2024 Time: 6:00-7:00 PM IST | 8:30-9:30 AM EST Venue: Online on Zoom Panelists: • Aditya Pillai, Fellow at the Sustainable Futures Collaborative • Akhil Srivastava, Scientist, India Meteorological Department • Ronita Bardhan, Associate Professor of Sustainable Built Environment at the University of Cambridge and Director – Cambridge Sustainable Design Group Session Moderator: Satchit Balsari, Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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