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News Media Advisory And Daybook Item For Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nrdc: Climate Change Will Make 8 Things You Hate About Summer Even Worse

Focus on Extreme Heat, Bad Air Days, Ticks, Poison Ivy, Foodborne Illness, Dangerous Swimming, Ruined Visits to National Parks and More; Steps Individuals Can Take & Need for National Action on Carbon Pollution to be Highlighted.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 27, 2014 ( renewable energy stocks newswire) With the 4th of July right around the corner, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) will release a new tip sheet Tuesday (July 1, 2014) outlining how eight things Americans hate the most about summer will get worse with climate change, as well as the individual and national steps we can take to make summer less miserable.

The eight summer miseries worsened by climate change being highlighted are: heat waves, bad air alert days, insects (ticks and mosquitoes), poison ivy, sneezing and wheezing, food-borne illness, dangerous swimming conditions, and ruined visits to national parks. For each summer sorrow, the NRDC tip sheet will outline steps individuals can take to protect themselves. NRDC also will emphasize the need for national action to curb the carbon pollution from U.S. power plants that contributes significantly to climate change.


  • Dr. Kim Knowlton, National Climate Assessment (NCA) co-convening lead author (human health chapter), senior scientist, Health and Environment Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, and assistant clinical professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; and
  • Dr. Lewis Ziska, plant physiologist, Agricultural Research Service U.S. Department of Agriculture, NCA contributing author (human health chapter), and contributing author (food security), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.


Noon Eastern/9 a.m. Pacific, Tuesday, July 1, 2014.


Live phone-based news event with full, two-way Q&A.


Reporters may join the phone-based news conference by dialing 1-877-418-4267 at Noon EDT/9 a.m. PDT. Ask for the "summer climate hazards" news event.


A streaming audio replay of the news event will be available at 5 p.m. EDT/2p.m. PDT on July 1, 2014 at


Ailis Aaron Wolf, (703) 276-3265 or; and Jake Thompson, (202) 289-2387 or

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Livingston, Montana, and Beijing. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

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