Report: 25 Percent of Americans Live With Poor Air Quality
Fires and extreme heat are generating more harmful particulate matter.
How Hot Will 2024 Get?
Experts predict summer temperatures could surpass 2023’s record heat waves, prompting cities to plan mitigation measures.
Urban Design for Sustainability
The way we build cities can have significant impacts on public health and equity.
How Extreme Heat Impacts Heart Health
A higher number of high heat days correlates with more cardiovascular deaths, according to new research.
Mitigating the Impact of UV Radiation
A new project aims to understand the unseen impact of ultraviolet radiation beyond extreme heat and mitigate its effects on people.
The Drawback to ‘Cool Pavement’
New research suggests that cooling pavement treatments can actually make pedestrians standing on it feel hotter.
Report: ‘Energy Insecurity’ Hits Black Households Hardest
Extreme heat, poor housing quality, and the heat island effect make it harder for many households to afford energy bills.
Extreme Heat is Killing Us
Heat-related deaths are rising, and higher temperatures are just one reason.
Energy Reliability Vs. the Environment
A controversial but unanimous vote by California officials last week to keep three older, coastal natural gas power plants operating beyond their termination dates shows that environmental protection takes a back seat to keeping the lights on.
Houston Metro Prototypes Bus Shelter Fans
The agency is working on designs for a bus stop shelter with built-in solar-powered fans to keep waiting riders cool.
Looking to the Middle East for Cooling Architecture
Cooling mechanisms built into traditional architecture offer lessons for U.S. builders as heat waves grow more intense.
How Extreme Heat Impacts Transit
Heat waves are causing damage and delays on commuter trains from New Jersey to Dallas.
Tucson Braces for Extreme Weather With Climate Action Plan
The desert city faces a growing risk from extreme heat waves and stronger, more unpredictable storms.
Biden Administration Announces Federal Heat Safety Policies
As extreme heat waves become more common and widespread, the administration is directing federal resources to heat mitigation efforts.
‘Cool Community’ Project Yields Promising Results
A ten-block area in one of L.A.’s most heat-prone neighborhoods saw significant reductions in surface and air temperature thanks to an innovative street treatment that could help communities around the country mitigate the impacts of extreme heat.
How to Scale Up Heat Mitigation
As heat waves intensify, cities are seeking out heat mitigation techniques that can be applied widely and benefit entire neighborhoods.
Preparing the Grid for More Intense Heat Waves
As extreme heat becomes more common, the risk of a grid collapse threatens to turn a dangerous situation deadly.
How Extreme Heat Drives Inter-Agency Collaboration
City officials tasked with addressing the impacts of extreme heat highlight the importance of aligning the efforts of multiple city departments.
How Small Cities Can Prepare for Extreme Heat
Without the resources of larger cities, towns with fewer resources can still work to coordinate efforts across agencies and plan for heat events early in the year.
How Hot is Too Hot?
While they may not sound extreme, temperatures over 90 degrees can easily pose fatal risks and could have long-term impacts on public health.
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