Heat is the top weather-related killer in the US. Why ranking heat waves could save lives

As heat waves intensify globally, the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center believes naming and ranking them on a 1 to 3 severity scale using health-based metrics could save lives. It’s a concept the Arsht-Rock Resilience Center, which works to implement climate-change solutions, is piloting in:

  • California
  • Miami
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Athens, Greece
  • Seville, Spain, which became the first city worldwide to name a heat wave: Zoe.

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