The urban heat island effect is a phenomenon affecting more than 100 cities across the U.S. — here’s how it works and why it disproportionately impacts communities of color

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Rapid city expansion and scorching summers have made Phoenix, AZ, one of the deadliest urban heat islands. Maricopa County had 323 heat-related deaths in 2020.
The Nature Conservancy found areas across Phoenix, home to lower-income communities of color, were 10+ degrees hotter than more affluent suburbs.
‘It comes back to redlining and how we developed our cities. We’re seeing that pattern from city to city… where the areas that weren’t represented as well don’t have the trees, don’t have the grass… and they’re getting hit worse,’ said @BernWoodsPlacky.
‘When we couple redlining with the urban heat island impact, what it does to the community is lower their lifespan,’ said Phoenix teacher Reggie Carrillo.
Community advocates are pushing for solutions while taking matters into their own hands by adding greenery to concrete-filled neighborhoods.

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