Extreme Heat

Portland, Oregon street

Redlined Neighborhoods Suffer More From Extreme Heat

The recent heat wave in the Pacific Northwest highlighted how historical inequities still affect the health and well-being of low-income and marginalized communities.

July 23, 2021 - Atmos

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New Study Ranks the Urban Heat Island Effect in U.S. Cities

A new analysis by Climate Central evaluates the intensity of urban heat islands in cities around the United States—New Orleans tops the list.

July 15, 2021 - WBUR

Miami Temperature

It's Time for National Cool Communities Standards

Cities are hotter because of the way we build them, and they could be cooler if we built them differently.

June 24, 2021 - Next City

San Francisco, California

2020 Was a Landmark Year for Climate Change

Many companies set goals to achieve by 2020 and came up short, while the effects of climate change were more obvious than ever in the year that was 2020.

February 3, 2021 - James Brasuell

Boston Skyline with Dome

Boston Launches a 20-Year Urban Forestry Plan

The forthcoming Boston Urban Forestry Plan is expected to support communities that have been disproportionately exposed to environmental stressors.

October 6, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Floodplain

Mapping the Climate Change Future of the United States

The regions of the United States that have provided the most hospitable to human life and agriculture throughout human history on the continent will likely be abandoned in a future altered by climate change, according to this interactive mapping proj

September 17, 2020 - ProPublica

child playing in Peavey Plaza fountain in Minneapolis

Twin Cities Climate Vulnerability: Extreme Heat

State climatologists are highly confident that heat waves are likely to trend upwards in future summers in Minnesota. To address extreme heat, researchers are identifying the factors that exacerbate extreme heat.

September 16, 2020 - PlanIt - Metropolitan Council

Flood Damaged Suburb

1.2 Million Climate Refugees and Counting in the United States

Americans are fleeing the effects of climate change by the millions. Expect the number of climate refugees to continue to grow.

September 15, 2020 - The Week

Los Angeles Sunset

A New Study Measures Extreme Heat's Human Impact, Flags At-Risk States

Heatwaves are the leading cause of deaths related to weather. A new study seeks to understand the impact of heatwaves and extreme heat exposure on humans and the cities in which they live.

September 6, 2020 - Cities Today

Green

Critics Say Boston Tree Removal Plan Reflects Environmental Racism

A road project in Boston involves removing hundreds of mature trees. Residents say the plan is an environmental justice issue.

August 28, 2020 - The Boston Globe

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