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Miami experienced record-breaking heat last summer that led to dozens of deaths. This summer, the city will have its first-ever “chief heat officer” on the job to take on the problem of helping people get relief. Jane Gilbert is no stranger to climate issues in Miami: she was the city’s chief resilience officer from 2016 to 2020, and heat came up as part of that job as well. The coastal Florida city had 41 days of dangerous heat, where the heat index is at or above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. By mid-century, the city is projected to have 88 dangerous heat days — 10 times as many.
Why This Matters: We can’t stop the heat but we must deal with it. Heat is the top weather- and climate-related cause of death in the U.S., and temperatures are on the rise. Having a city official who can create a comprehensive heat strategy and coordinate with different communities and politicians to implement it will help Miami prepare for the hot days ahead. “We know extreme heat does not impact people equally — poorer communities and Black and Hispanic people bear the brunt of the public health impacts,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in a statement. The new position will “coordinate our efforts to protect people from heat and save lives.”
Making sure that people in public housing or substandard housing have access to adequate cooling.
Creating shade at bus stops by building structures or planting trees. “We have a lot of construction workers, agricultural workers, we have people walking to bus stops — to unshaded bus stops,” Gilbert told the Post.
Using federal infrastructure funds to improve affordable housing and weatherization programs.
“We need to look at questions like, how do you integrate solar and shade? We need a land-use policy,” Gilbert said. “We need a policy on the way we design our streets and parks and our housing stock. We need to change our habits because this is not just business as usual.”
As the Miami Herald editorial board wrote, the county now “will need a sustained commitment to combat this existential threat. That means political will, educating the public and coming up with the money — lots of it. We’ll need to identify who is most at risk and figure out ways to help them.”
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The Weather Channel broadcast that this summer, the U.S will be a “tick time-bomb,” in that ticks will afflict much broader swathes of the country than in years previous. Even in dry states like California, which is in a historic drought, researchers have been seeing more ticks than ever, […]
Greenways are bike paths that often serve as multi-use, car-free ways to navigate a city. Right now, the U.S. network “comprises a similarly haphazard collection of park-like bicycle- and pedestrian-oriented paths,” as CityLab reports, but that could change if environmental and transportation advocates can land $10 billion for a Greenway Stimulus in the infrastructure deal being negotiated in Congress right now.
Why This Matters: Getting people out of cars and into other modes of getting around is one of the best ways to ramp down carbon emissions in the transportation sector as well as ramp up health and fitness.
Preventing and preparing for pandemics is now a crucial task for world leaders. A crucial part of preventing pandemics is the protection of nature and the conservation of biodiversity. This week we had a chance to ask Conservation International’s new pandemic prevention fellow, Dr. Neil Vora, about why safeguarding our natural world is so important […]
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