Human-caused climate change intensifies weather events such as heat waves and extreme rainfall. As the climate continues to warm from the emission of heat-trapping gases from burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas, these weather extremes will also continue to intensify. Meanwhile, human settlements like cities further amplify these climate stressors through their design. These highly altered landscapes are the result of decisions made by urban planners for the last century or more. Here, we’ll explore how the historical housing policy known as “redlining” can help us see climate inequity around the US, and how some people and organizations are taking action to equitably adapt to extreme heat in Virginia and around the country.
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