What Makes Communities More Survivable in Extreme Heat Events?

When heat waves hit your area, as they did for much of the United States in June, local responses can (and should) go well beyond individual behaviors to address broader area actions — from cool pavements to urban trees. For environmental journalists, that means community-level heat response is an important climate story angle. TipSheet explains, then offers a dozen story ideas, along with reporting resources.

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Hundreds Died Amid Heat During This Year’s Hajj In Saudi Arabia: Officials

"Hundreds of people died during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as the faithful faced intense high temperatures at Islamic holy sites in the desert kingdom, officials said Wednesday as people tried to claim their loved ones’ bodies."

Source: AP, 06/20/2024

Rep. Castor Urges OSHA To Speed Federal Heat Protections For Outdoor Workers

"Two months after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation preventing local governments from requiring heat protections for outdoors workers, Tampa Bay-area Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is calling on the Biden administration to finalize federal workplace protections against heat-related injury and illness."

Source: States Newsroom, 06/18/2024

"Federal Appellate Panel Sends Michigan Pipeline Challenge To State Court"

"Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s lawsuit seeking to shut down part of a petroleum pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac belongs in state court, a federal appellate panel ruled Monday."

Source: AP, 06/18/2024


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