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These 7 cities are tackling heatwaves with innovative solutions

Heatwaves are making cities some of the hottest places to be.

City infrastructure – like roads and buildings – absorbs heat and then releases it back into the city, meaning the highest temperatures in a heatwave are often in urban areas.

From Europe to China, India and Pakistan, the United States and Africa, this has been bad news for cities as temperatures have reached record highs.

Almost 90 cities issued heat alerts in the extreme weather over the summer of 2022, according to the United Nations Environment Programme.

But cities are learning to tackle extreme heat – sometimes with ingenious solutions.

Here are seven examples.


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