Issues Of The Environment: Adapting To A Changing Climate

Jul 4, 2018

Dr. Richard Rood, Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan.
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The heat wave continues in Washtenaw County, Southeast Michigan, and a majority of the country.  While every summer brings its hot spells, you can expect greater periods of unpredictable and potentially more destructive weather events.  In this week’s edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair and University of Michigan professor Dr. Richard Rood explore the adaptive attitudes and actions necessary for our future. 


  • June 2018 ended with sweltering heat wave and continues into early July.  
  • According to the CDC, exposure to extreme heat and heat waves is already a significant public health problem and a leading cause of weather-related mortality in the U.S.
  • The dangers of excessive heat exposure include dehydration, respiratory illnesses, heatstroke, and cardiovascular illnesses.
  • Dr. Richard Rood is a professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering (f/k/a Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences) at the University of Michigan

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