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The project was called “Nature’s Cooling Systems” and it used storytelling and lived experience to facilitate understanding of complex ideas, and level the playing field between residents, organizations, and experts. This deep engagement in each neighborhood resulted in three different “heat action plans” that reflected each neighborhood’s unique priorities and histories, far beyond the “typical heat mitigation recommendations of adding more shade, installing cool or green roofs, and using ‘cooler’ materials.” The researchers, Stone reported, built maps of hot spots in each neighborhood using temperature data and insight from residents” so that the city officials could “understand the local concerns of each neighborhood and assist in adjusting existing heat mitigation strategies, such as the City of Phoenix Tree and Shade Master plan, to better fit the needs of individual neighborhoods.”
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Climate change is raising temperatures, but it’s not being felt equally. In the U.S., people of color and low-income communities are exposed to higher temperatures and more smog than white residents. Two new studies show this correlation: A survey of temperatures across 175 of the largest U.S. cities found […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30, is about to bring a higher-than-average storm formation, just like last year, according to the NOAA. The agency predicted “above normal” hurricane activity, with a 70% probability of 13 to 20 named storms. Six to […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Extreme weather and permanent droughts are sweeping across the Western U.S., and with them comes an increasing demand for A/C and power. But cooling buildings through increasingly severe heatwaves takes a significant toll on power grids, and a new study has found that a significant heatwave blackout in three major American cities […]
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