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Jul 6, 2021

Doug talks extreme heat with Dr. Ladd Keith, Assistant Professor in Planning and Chair of Sustainable Built Environments at the University of Arizona. Ladd and Doug discuss the media coverage of the recent pacific northwest heat wave; is naming heat waves a bad idea; will extreme heat be included in managed retreat discussions; Miami’s new Chief Heat officer; the challenge of tying mortalities to heat events; thermal equity; air conditioning shaming and much more.

Topics covered:

  • Media coverage of the Pacific Northwest heat wave.

  • Is naming heat waves a dumb idea?

  • What is “thermal equity” and what does that mean for air conditioners?

  • Why vilifying air condition is a climate justice issue.

  • Cities staffing up with heat related expertise.

  • New heat projects for urban planning.

  • Should extreme heat be talked about in the context of managed retreat?

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o    CDC - Extreme Heat

o    NIHHIS (National Integrated Heat Health Information System)

o    NOAA RISA (Regional Integrated Science and Assessments)

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