March 22, 2023 2023 Global Shifts Colloquium | Living with Extreme Heat: Our Shared Future
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Extreme heat is here to stay, and it will change how we live and work. How can we manage this growing global threat? The Perry World House 2023 Global Shifts Colloquium explored policy solutions to this urgent challenge.
As our planet grows ever warmer, cities are especially vulnerable to the growing threat of extreme heat. In urban centers across the globe, congestion, the built environment, and intensive energy use can drive temperatures to dangerous highs. With cities housing over 50 percent of the world’s population and producing around 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, urban leaders have a major role to play in addressing this climate driven challenge.
Chief heat officers in cities around the world are working to keep people safe from extreme heat. Join Perry World House and a panel of chief heat officers from three continents to discuss how to make cities more resilient to heatwaves. Representing urban centers in Africa, the Americas, and Europe, they will share their insights on how cities are leading the world in climate adaptation; what action on extreme heat looks like; and what can be learned from city initiatives to save lives elsewhere.
Heatwaves – often referred to as “silent killers”– are among the deadliest of all natural disasters worldwide. Extreme heat also threatens the systems we rely on every day, from agricultural production to energy provision.
In his forthcoming book, The Heat Will Kill You First, renowned journalist and author Jeff Goodell explains how extreme heat is radically changing the world and impacting the lives of people everywhere. As part of Perry World House’s 2023 Global Shifts Colloquium, “Living with Extreme Heat: Our Shared Future,” he will talk about the steps countries and communities can take today to cope with tomorrow’s heatwaves, and whether the world can learn to live with extreme heat.