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In the news: Building defenses against urban heat

Mikhail Chester urban heat

ASU engineer Mikhail Chester, along UCLA researchers – physician David Eisenman and urban planning expert Stephanie Pincetl – are exploring ways urban areas can protect neighborhoods where residents are most at-risk from the potential dangers of excessive heat.

Posted October 2, 2013

Some climate trends are indicating an uptick in the frequency of heat waves. Not good news for communities in which people are most vulnerable to the impacts of high temperatures.

That includes people living in “urban heat islands,” especially residents facing socio-economic challenges and poor health conditions.

A National Public Radio affiliate reports on a project led by researchers at Arizona State University and University of California, Los Angeles, to devise ways urban areas can reduce the risks posed by excessive heat. Read more.

They’re looking at construction, urban design and public infrastructure practices, along with better building materials, that could provide heat protection or even cooling effects for at-risk neighborhoods when sizzling temperatures arrive.

Read and listen to the report on KJZZ radio.

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Joe Kullman is a science writer for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Before joining Arizona State University in 2006, Joe worked as a reporter, writer and editor for newspapers and magazines dating back to the dawn of the age of the personal computer. He began his career while earning degrees in journalism and philosophy from Kent State University in Ohio. Media Contact: [email protected] | 480-965-8122 | Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Communications

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