Identified neighborhoods vulnerable to heat-related illnesses based on the Heat Vulnerability Index. Image via Cool Neighborhoods NYC
Thermal imagery of New York City shows how some areas experience higher temperatures than others. Image via Cool Neighborhoods NYC.In fact, according to the press release, the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPPC) predicts that by the 2050s, average city temperatures will rise by as much as a 5.7°F, and the number of days above 90°F will double. The NPPC also projects that New York City heat waves will increase in both intensity and duration. In the press release, Mayor de Blasio stressed the severity of this issue, saying, “Climate change is a dagger aimed at the heart of our city, and extreme heat is the edge of the knife. It’s also important to note that the effects of climate change disproportionately impact already-disadvantaged populations, such as the elderly, low-income, and communities of color—which is why Mayor de Blasio called New York City’s extreme summer heat “a question of equity.” Next, learn about the NYC °CoolRoofs initiative and how the steam system works in NYC to both heat and cool parts of Manhattan.