AccuWeather launches program to protect the climate health and safety of 1 million lives
AccuWeather Global Weather Center, September 21, 2022 — Today, AccuWeather, the most accurate and most used source of weather forecasts and warnings, unveils its Climate Impact Program, a partnership-based effort dedicated to protecting climate health and saving lives with better forecasts and information on severe weather and air pollution. Steven R. Smith, President of AccuWeather, will announce the program during a virtual summit: Climate change and extreme weather: taking action with data.
AccuWeather’s Plume Labs, its center for environmental data and machine learning, will drive the cross-company program connecting leading institutions, activists, and enterprises with the data and expertise they need to run climate impact projects in three areas of focus:
increasing environmental awareness and education;
advancing climate research and understanding, and;
fostering climate action and engagement.
The changing climate is leading to increasingly frequent severe weather events—from wildfires to record-breaking heat waves, catastrophic flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other severe weather. Air pollution levels, a closely linked indicator of global health, has caused 8 million premature deaths according to researchers at Harvard, and the US Government estimates weather disasters caused $145 billion in damage in 2021 alone.
“Access to environmental data and information is critical when it comes to making decisions about our health and future of the planet,” said Smith. “By partnering with the world’s leading climate researchers, communities, organizations, and enterprises to make sure they have the best data, expertise, and tools they need to scale up their work, together we will make a significant contribution to the fight against air pollution and climate change.”
Flagship partners on the initiative, including the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Chicago's Air Quality Life Index, will be joined by industry leaders and experts such as Otrivin’s Actions to Breathe Cleaner, and the Redford Center, to present their projects and discuss data-driven approaches to fighting climate change during the program’s virtual launch event.
Guest speakers at the event will include Dr. Kenneth Graham, Director of the National Weather Service and NOAA's Assistant Administrator for Weather Services, and Christa Hasenkopf, Executive Director of the University of Chicago Energy Policy Institute’s flagship Air Quality Life Index program.
“Our approach to helping people fight for fresh air has been deeply collaborative—working with communities, researchers, governments, and beyond,” said Tyler Knowlton, Director of Communications, Communities and Partnerships at Plume Labs. “As part of AccuWeather, we now have an unprecedented amount of world class environmental data and decades of expertise under one roof and we’re putting it to work with our partners around the world.”
Experts from AccuWeather, Plume Labs, and program partners are available for interviews by request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time with the following:
Steven R. Smith: President, AccuWeather
Jonathan Porter: Chief Meteorologist, AccuWeather
Ken Graham: Director of the National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Assistant Administrator for Weather Services
Alexa Aispuro-Loaiza: (She/Her/Ella) Chispa Digital Campaigns Manager, LCV - League of Conservation Voters
Cait Fitzwater: (she/her) Communications Director, The Redford Center
Dr. Jonathan Tan: Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Spatial Sciences Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California
Christa Hasenkopf: Director of Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) and Air Quality Programs at EPIC.
Farhad Nadeem: Senior Global Marketing Director at Haleon
Tyler Knowlton: Director of Communications, Communities and Partnerships at Plume Labs
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About Plume Labs
Plume Labs is best known for empowering people and organizations around the world with the most accurate air quality maps and data globally thanks to its industry-leading AI/ML air pollution forecasts and its Flow® device, the award-winning personal air pollution sensor.
The company was acquired by the AccuWeather group in January 2022 and continues to operate as its center for environmental data and machine learning, scaling up its ambitions to save lives by bringing its air quality forecasts to the 1.5 billion people AccuWeather reaches around the world and expanding its focus beyond air quality by applying Plume Labs’ AI technology to a broader range of environmental risks, from climate to wildfires.
The Plume Labs team is also accelerating AccuWeather’s investments in AI for weather predictions, a critical area of research to make forecasts ever more accurate for a changing climate.
Download the free Android and iOS Plume Labs air quality apps now.
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