In an American City & County article written in collaboration with the Urban Resilience Project, Jonathan Barnett and Matthijs Bouw (authors of Managing the Climate Crisis) write that slowing down global warming will require government agreements and the cooperation of major industries. But there are ways to make heat waves less dangerous right now, which are within the reach of local communities.

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As temperatures keep rising, making safe summer temperatures the landlord’s responsibility can take some of the pressure off the federal government’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. However, there will be more people who have air conditioners but can’t afford to run them during extreme heat spells. Local governments will need more cooling centers and more sources for emergency funding to help people pay their utility bills.

Read the full article here