Children run through an open fire hydrant to cool off during the kickoff of the 2016 Summer Playstreets Program in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, July, 6, 2016.
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Climate change is making heat waves more frequent and intense around the world. Cities are hotter than surrounding areas, so urban dwellers – especially minorities and the poor – are at greatest risk.
Cities are facing more heatwaves, but not all strategies to keep us cool are equal.
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Our cities are getting hotter. Luckily, as a built environment, we can actually do something about it.
Sydneysiders cool off in heatwave conditions gripping eastern Australia in January 2017.
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2016 is the third consecutive hottest year on record. How can we adapt?
Reflective roof and skylights on a Walmart store, Las Vegas, NV.
Green and cool (reflective) roofs are effective tools for cooling overheated cities. Research in Chicago shows that their impacts depend on local conditions, so planners should site them carefully.
Flooding in Houston, April 18, 2016.
Extreme weather has an outsized impact on everyday life. Focusing on average weather patterns may make Americans dangerously complacent about how climate change is already affecting our lives.
Extreme weather could trigger ecosystem collapse, including mass tree deaths.
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Extreme weather will affect people and animals, as well as whole ecosystems. Research using satellites shows that ecosystems worldwide are vulnerable to collapse.
Tennis fans cool off at the Australian Open in Melbourne this week.
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Just as Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 identified a temperature at which paper self-combusts, the Australian Open has just shown the world that there is a temperature at which tennis players start…
Monday’s heatwave forecast - with even worse heat predicted for the south-east this week.
Across south-eastern Australia this morning, people are waking up to forecasts of scorching heat for the week ahead. Players and spectators heading to the Australian Open should prepare for some baking…