Phoenix heat expert: 800,000 hospitalizations is worst-case scenario
A new report revealing that half of Phoenix residents would require medical attention if a multiday power blackout and heat wave struck simultaneously has heightened local anxiety.
State of play: It's important for residents and local leaders to understand the dangers of extreme heat and grid failures and prepare for a worst-case scenario, Phoenix director of heat response and mitigation David Hondula, one of the report's authors, told us.
Heat wave and black out would hospitalize half of Phoenix residents
Half of Phoenix residents would need emergency medical attention if a multiday blackout were to coincide with a heat wave, a new study revealed.
Why it matters: Heat waves are deadly even when people have access to air conditioning. Combine extreme temperatures with a blackout and the heat-related death rate would spike by 700%, according to the report published this month in Environmental Science & Technology.
400 promised homeless shelter beds aren't ready for summer heat
More than 400 promised shelter beds are not ready to shield unhoused people from the Phoenix heat this summer.
Why it matters: Heat kills. Last year, 178 people experiencing homelessness died of heat-associated causes.
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