Cities Getting Too Hot to Handle

People in cities along American Southwest’s “heat belt” are used to high temperatures, but climate change and urban development are making life hotter and harder.

“It is killing people, and it’s making people sick to a higher and higher degree,” says Kim Knowlton of the Natural Resources Defense Council. To cope, sports coaches in El Paso, Texas are shifting to cooler pre-dawn practices. And in LA, where 95+ degree days are set to triple by 2050, “cool roofing” is now mandated; and it’s on the rise in Phoenix, Arizona, too.

But overall, local bureaucracies and frugal developers are slow to embrace innovative urban planning to tamp down temperatures.

The Washington Post

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