If you have an interest in how communities like Harlem can best prepare for extreme heat, especially for more vulnerable populations, there was a good listen last week with a White House webinar on the topic. The 90-minute program ran May 26 as part of its national Beat the Heat Campaign.
An FAQ on extreme heat, which kills more Americans each year than all the other natural disasters combined. Heatwaves are especially problematic in areas with a lot of concrete and little vegetation to cool things off: Read big cities. And within those cities, it’s the poorer neighborhoods, high in industry and low in air conditioners, that are hit the hardest.
New York City's Environment & Health Data Portal provides detailed statistics on how extreme heat impacts communities throughout the city, including Northern Manhattan's Morningside Heights, Central Harlem and East Harlem.