Becoming Arizona: learning how to live with extreme heat

Content by Kat Kerlin, UC Davis, on October 3rd, 2019 (see original post)

I call it Hot Land. It’s really like living in an oven for part of the year. We are in a place where air conditioning is not a luxury — it’s literally a matter of life and death.

Stacey Champion, Phoenix resident and community health advocate
Phoenix, Arizona skyline.
The Phoenix, Arizona, skyline. (Getty)

Phoenix, Arizona, hasn’t cracked the code of how to live with extreme heat. Heat-related deaths across Arizona tripled between 2014 and 2017, from 76 deaths to 235. Most of those deaths were in Phoenix.

But the city has become a testing ground for living with extreme heat. How Phoenix handles heat holds lessons for other warming cities like Sacramento, where both temperatures and populations are increasing.  Sacramento is projected to feel much like Arizona by 2100. What can it be doing now to prepare?

Read the full story at “Lessons from Phoenix,” the second part in UC Davis’ climate change series “Becoming Arizona.”

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