Hot summer days can bring plenty of pleasant associations. But for many at-risk city dwellers, hot weather is a silent killer.
“Urban heat islands” like New York trap heat with concrete and asphalt, and have relatively little vegetation to cool things off. That means more heat-related illnesses and premature deaths, especially among the vulnerable elderly, young children and those with chronic medical conditions.
And the danger worsens as climate change brings a rise in heat waves around the country.
So just how hot is it getting? And how can communities prepares themselves for this new reality? Those are among the questions we’ll explore in depth this summer, when AdaptNY launches a new reporting project to look at the harmful health effects of heat.
New York’s Harlem neighborhood and its at-risk populations are the focus of this latest initiative. We will draw on crowd-sourced data and citizen journalists to find out just how hot is it in Harlem. We’ll investigate how the city and community are responding to the threat. And we’ll capture voices of the community on the problem and possible solutions.