Can cities face the challenge of heat waves?


DECRYPTION – As the heat increases the risk of early mortality, cities are trying to find solutions to maintain a breathable atmosphere.

Since the beginning of the week, an unprecedented heat wave for the month of May has gripped the entire territory. The windows opened, the children rushed to the water basins, fans and other means of cooling themselves flourished in the streets where the thermometer rose to 37°C.

In the shade or in the sun, day or night, the atmosphere has often become stifling in our cities. We must therefore redouble our inventiveness to find a place in the shade and bring down the temperature in the streets and buildings. If more and more French people are settling in the city – 81% of the population already lives there – and episodes of high heat are expected to be more and more frequent, will we be able to continue to live there without suffocating? ? According to a study published by Public Health France in 2020, the risk of heat-related mortality is 18% higher in the least wooded municipalities. How can municipalities adapt and imagine…

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