Akshat Rathi and Oscar Boyd of Bloomberg report on the need to redesign cities for a future of extreme heat.
- It is expected that by 2050 nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities.
- A lack of vegetation and an influx of hard infrastructure like buildings and roads increase the temperatures in cities, which is commonly known as the heat island effect.
- Implementing more green spaces and natural infrastructure in cities can reduce temperatures and heat-related deaths, while improving mental health.
- Urban green spaces and trees have also been linked with reduced rates of violent crime.
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