Hazardous Heat In Urban Areas Driven By Climate Change, Discriminatory Housing Policies

Northwest Heat Wave
Katherine Morgan drinks water in front of a box fan while trying to stay cool in her downtown apartment without air conditioning on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Portland, Ore. People have headed to cooling centers as the Pacific Northwest began sweltering under another major, multiday heat wave. Nathan Howard / AP Photo
Northwest Heat Wave
Katherine Morgan drinks water in front of a box fan while trying to stay cool in her downtown apartment without air conditioning on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Portland, Ore. People have headed to cooling centers as the Pacific Northwest began sweltering under another major, multiday heat wave. Nathan Howard / AP Photo

Hazardous Heat In Urban Areas Driven By Climate Change, Discriminatory Housing Policies

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Reset’s sustainability contributor Karen Weigert talks about urban heat and how discriminatory policies like redlining, among others, links to disproportionate incidences of heat-related illnesses and death in people who live in marginalized communities.

GUEST: Karen Weigert, executive vice president, Slipstream; former chief sustainability officer, city of Chicago