Figure : urban-heat-and-public-health

Urban Heat and Public Health

Figure 20.6

The University of Arizona
Gregg M. Garfin

This figure appears in chapter 20 of the Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment report.

http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report/regions/southwest/graphics/urban-heat-and-public-health

The projected increase in heat waves in Southwest cities (Ch. 2: Our Changing Climate, Key Message 7) increases the chances that a chain of escalating effects could lead to serious increases in illness and death due to heat stress. The top of the figure provides some of the links in that chain, while the bottom of the figure provides adaptation and improved governance options that can reduce this vulnerability and improve the resilience of urban infrastructure and community residents.

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This figure was created on February 21, 2014.


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