Minorities more vulnerable to heat waves

Racial minorities are more susceptible to extreme heat waves. Research from University of California demonstrates how heat-prone neighbourhoods are more likely to be populated by African Americans, Asians and Hispanics.

Satellite data was used to highlight the lack of tree canopies providing shade and heat-absorbing surfaces such as concrete, pavement and roofing. This was then compared with U.S. census data.

The authors recommend planting more trees, using lighter roof and pavement colours, and rethinking the use of hard surfaces.

The study found that segregation of racial and ethnic minorities is more common in densely populated urban areas.

Read more at University of California, Berkeley