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Kim Knowlton, Senior Scientist, New York

Kim Knowlton

I’m Senior Scientist on NRDC’s Global Warming and Health Project. I work with the Health and Environment Program on communicating the health impacts of global warming, and also on advocating for public health strategies to prepare for and prevent these impacts. My research has looked at heat- and ozone-related mortality and illnesses as well as possible connections between climate, pollen, allergies and asthma. I attended Cornell University and Hunter College/CUNY, and received a doctorate in public health from Columbia University, where I was a postdoctoral research scientist before joining NRDC, and where I’m currently Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

Recent Posts

Up in smoke: stifling heat, wildfires and the toll on human health

Posted September 12, 2014 by Kim Knowlton in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Parched California continues to swelter as Californians suffer the hottest, driest year on record in 120 years, and now is again ablaze.  In iconic Yosemite Park, 100 campers and hikers were recently evacuated by helicopter from areas near Half Dome...continued

EPA's Clean Power Plan: A Breath of Fresh Air for Public Health

Posted June 3, 2014 by Kim Knowlton in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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This is a historic week for the health of the American people, and our future generations. The Obama administration announced yesterday its Clean Power Plan proposal for working with states to set national limits on heat-trapping carbon pollution from the...continued

Medical and Public Health Professionals Herald the 3rd National Climate Assessment Report

Posted May 5, 2014 by Kim Knowlton in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today, more than 75 health professionals and scientists are speaking out about the effects of climate change on human health. They have sent a letter to the leaders of Congress asking them to pay attention to tomorrow’s slated release of...continued

Floodwaters are gone but not forgotten: lessons learned from Sandy

Posted April 8, 2014 by Kim Knowlton in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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There’s a lot in the news about climate change and how it’s affecting communities today. There’s a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – also called the IPCC – report that details the effects of climate change on human and natural...continued

From global to local: Urban Heat Islands amplify global climate change impacts for Latinos

Posted April 2, 2014 by Kim Knowlton in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Guest Blog by Juan Declet-Barreto, PhD, NRDC Climate and Health Fellow, Climate and Clean Air Program The effects of climate change are negatively impacting the health of people worldwide. In the United States these impacts affect Latinos more, largely because...continued

Is there a doctor in the House? Letter on climate change out of step with medical community

Posted March 17, 2014 by Kim Knowlton in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last Friday, 11 Republican members of Congress who are also doctors wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The letter questioned EPA’s assertions about the health benefits from EPA’s upcoming limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power...continued

Extreme Weather Events in 2013 Put Americans' Health at Risk

Posted February 10, 2014 by Kim Knowlton in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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2013 rained down another round of extreme weather events on communities across the country. Destructive floods in Colorado, months of prolonged drought in Texas and California, and dangerously high temperatures in the Northeast were just some of the record-breaking events...continued

Public Health & Environment Voices to FEMA: Put Climate Change in the Picture

Posted November 4, 2013 by Kim Knowlton in Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Thousands of public health professionals from across the U.S. and around the world are gathering in Boston this week at the 141st Annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting to talk about the issues of our time. Climate-health preparedness is...continued

Make Health a Priority Post-Sandy, Put Climate Change on the Map

Posted October 22, 2013 by Kim Knowlton in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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With Hurricane Sandy’s one-year anniversary approaching on October 29th, the country continues to reflect on what we’ve learned about improving coastal communities’ ability to bounce back after adversity -- one definition of resilience. A key aspect of resilience is preparedness....continued

US and India Can Boost Climate Resilience Together

Posted September 26, 2013 by Kim Knowlton

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This week, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Obama are meeting at the White House to talk about the pressing issues that face these two countries, and the global community. This is a historic opportunity for their dialogue to...continued

The Endless Summer: Staying Healthy over a Climate-Changing Labor Day

Posted August 29, 2013 by Kim Knowlton in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Labor Day’s almost here, but summer isn’t quite over yet. Many of us can look forward to enjoying more days outdoors with friends and family. But thanks to the impacts of a changing climate, it’s even more important to take...continued

President Obama's Giant Step to Give Our Kids a Healthier, Low-Carbon Future

Posted July 1, 2013 by Kim Knowlton in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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President Obama is taking a giant step to limit heat-trapping carbon pollution from its largest U.S. source: new and existing power plants. The President’s newly-announced climate action plan and a summary are here. Heat-trapping carbon pollution causes climate change. Climate change...continued

Take a 'Snapshot' of How Climate Change Affects Your Community

Posted June 19, 2013 by Kim Knowlton in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, NRDC is launching a new webtool that lets you take a ‘Snapshot’ of what climate change means in your area. You can read whether current conditions and trends in your area indicate a higher vulnerability to extreme weather events, such as...continued

Ahmedabad, India Launches Pioneering Heat-Health Action Plan

Posted April 16, 2013 by Kim Knowlton in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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Today is hot in Ahmedabad, India, at 40⁰Celsius (about 104⁰F) --but more than that, it’s an historic day for health among residents who live and work in this city of over 7 million. Today, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is...continued

Fighting Climate Effects: The Media Boosts Heat Wave Science into Action in Ahmedabad

Posted March 20, 2013 by Kim Knowlton in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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This week, I’m in the western Indian City of Ahmedabad on a long-awaited trip. It’s over 100⁰F here today, about 70⁰F degrees warmer than it was as I left home in New York.  As part of our ongoing activities to...continued

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