“The Cool Haves and the Hot Have-Nots”

Heatwaves have created “urban furnaces” that disproportionately affect the poor, separating the world into “the Cool Haves and the Hot Have-Nots,” reports the Guardian in a sweeping series.
 
Most heatwave research has centered on the West, but a team of Guardian reporters illustrate the global scope. Cairo’s rapid construction of high-rises and rising energy costs are suffocating urban slums. In Manila maternity wards, mothers-to-be too poor for air-conditioned rooms share beds and cope with paper fans.
 
In the search for solutions, simple steps can help, India showed: Improving access to parks, water, and painting roofs white brought down heat-related deaths from 2,040 in 2015, to just over 200 in 2017.

The Guardian

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