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Jan 13, 2020

In episode 104 of America Adapts, host Doug Parsons talks with Dr. Ladd Keith, Assistant Professor in Planning and Chair of Sustainable Built Environments at the University of Arizona. Doug and Ladd discuss what is extreme heat in the context of climate change; how urban heat will get worse and what cities are doing to plan for it; what extreme heat means for social and climate justice; how urban planning is evolving to include adaptation; how to integrate extreme heat planning into emergency management systems; how to communicate the threat of extreme heat to the public and much more!

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Topics discussed in this episode:

  • University of Arizona and climate adaptation.
  • What is extreme heat in context of climate change.
  • Urban heat island effect and climate change.
  • What extreme heat means for social and climate justice.
  • Urban planning evolving to incorporate adaptation.
  • What tools and resources are available for extreme heat planning.
  • What cities are communicating extreme heat well.
  • How do you integrate extreme heat planning into emergency management systems.
  • Extreme heat and adaptation professionals.
  • And much more!

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Links in episode:

Ladd Keith

Extreme Heat Network – network of community of practitioners and researchers Ladd leads (

The two degree programs Ladd is associated with for prospective students - B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments ( and M.S. in Urban Planning (

Reports Ladd mentioned in the podcast:

ULI’s Scorched: Extreme Heat & Real Estate (

Union of Concerned Scientists’ Killer Heat in the United States (

Red Cross Red Crescent’s Heatwave Guide for Cities (

National Integrated Heat Health Information System (

EPA’s Heat Island Effect page (

Global Heat Health Information Network (


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