Climate change is posing a greater threat to the world and humanity, than any previous occurrence in recorded history. Researchers believe that increasing temperatures will lead to lower health outcomes and health disparities, causing more deaths and economic repercussions in major cities throughout the world. Prolonged exposure to excessive heat from both climate change and the urban heat island effect endangers the sustainability of the world’s rapidly developing urban populations, with a severe negative impact on the urban poor.
Is the world serious about making changes to mitigate the effects of climate change on health and other aspects of life?
While studies have assessed worldwide exposure to excessive heat, the lack of a globally accurate, fine-resolution temporal study of urban exposure severely hampers our capacity to implement solutions.
According to reports, health issues tied to global warming are on the rise. Heatwaves, droughts, and wildfires have already resulted in increased death and morbidity. How can the hazards caused by excessive heat be critically analyzed and effectively addressed?
While research on global heatwaves and their health effects is abundant in some locations, the worldwide population most at risk of mortality and sickness from high heat is under-represented. Heatwave and health impact studies are required in areas where the effects are likely to be the most severe.
What are your thoughts depending on your circumstances in your area and environment? What are ways forward? What should be the focus for young EVs in this battle against urban heat?
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Dear all, just trying this out. In my part of the world (Western Europe), urban heat is there already as a hazard, but not as much as in other parts of the world, I guess. What we should do, here, most of all, is argue for another economic system (doughnut/sufficiency economy). With a huge social equity focus as well. See https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20211208_98143147? the latest World Inequality Report pointed out that the 50 % poorest in rich countries already reached the 2030 Paris goals. So carbon inequity is huge, even within rich countries….
Great read. Just have one reflection. How can we convince people in the South that it is a serious issue, when we have a lot packed on our agendas. I know it is interrelated and that climate change has an impact on diseases of poverty but still this message isn’t very sound in LMICs.
I agree with you.