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Cool Surfaces and Social Justice

Posted by karen-smith-murphy on May 19, 2014

Heat kills more than 1,500 people in the U.S. each year – more than any type of other natural disaster.  In many cities around the world, it’s not uncommon to find that people in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods are often the most vulnerable to heat.

New research highlights just how vulnerable poor and minority communities are to urban heat.  Cities such asToronto and Washington, DC have identified opportunities to improve environmental and social justice by mitigating their urban heat islands.

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