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New Online Mapping Tool Predicts How Hot Neighborhoods in California Will Get

A new online mapping tool, California Healthy Places Index: Extreme Heat Editiondeveloped by PHI’s Public Health Alliance of Southern California in partnership with the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, can predict what neighborhoods or areas in California will be impacted the most by extreme heat. In this KCBS interview, the authors discuss how hot certain areas of the state could get and who would be most impacted.

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“The California Healthy Places Index is something we tell you about each year on KCBS and now it’s  creators have come out with the Extreme Heat Edition.

So with the climate changes across California, through the end of the century, this tool can tell us how many days temperatures are projected to soar above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and how many days we’ll reach above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in our communities in California. And there are several overlying levels of data as well, says Ray Spriggs, manager with the Climate Action Research at the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation which created the index.

That includes where people are facing the worst risk factors for extreme heat, like access to parks and shade and where there are older populations.  You can put in your address or zip code to see projections for mid-century and the end of the century.”

Click on the link below to listen to the full interview.

Originally published by KCBS Radio

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