I enjoyed being part of an interesting conversation on extreme heat, health, and COVID-19 with my colleagues Dave Hondula, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, and Vjollca Berisha, Senior Epidemiologist at Maricopa County Department of Public Health, for the Vitalyst Health Foundation’s Spark podcast. We discussed the causes of extreme heat, how it impacts vulnerable populations, and what research and practice tells us about the current challenges and opportunities in increasing our communities’ resilience to it.
I’m very excited to share that I was a guest on the America Adapts podcast for its first episode focused on extreme heat! America Adapts is a podcast hosted by my colleague and friend, Doug Parsons, with over a hundred episodes exploring climate change, its impacts, and our responses with scientists, activists, policymakers, and climate communicators.
In the extreme heat episode, we discuss the contributors to extreme heat including climate change and the urban heat island effect; the impacts of extreme heat on public health, the economy, urban ecology and more; some strategies that cities are using to increase their resilience to increasing extreme heat risk; and more broadly how urban planning is addressing climate change as a discipline. We only had time to scratch the surface of all that is going on in research and practice for extreme heat, but my hope is that the episode serves as a good introduction for those interested in the topic.
I joined Doug Parsons, the America Adapts host and Shaun Martin, Senior Director, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience at WWF, for the third annual holiday special episode! We discussed our top climate stories, favorite America Adapts episode, and the state of climate adaptation in 2018.