(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Ashish Sharma, University of Notre Dame (THE CONVERSATION) Heat waves arenâ??t just a source of discomfort. Theyâ??re the nationâ??s deadliest weather hazard, accounting for a fifth of all deaths caused by natural hazards in the U.S. Most of the time, low-income people who live in cities face the biggest risks tied to extreme heat. Thatâ??s because urban areas, especially neighborhoods with few parks or yards, absorb high amounts of solar radiation during the day â?" keeping night temperatures higher than in suburbs and rural areas. Iâ??m an atmospheric scientist who studies urban environments in an interdisciplinary way that combines...
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