UN University heat stress expert available for media interviews
Dr. Simone Sandholz, Senior Scientist, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
Interviews by appointment (phone, skype or in person)
The past few weeks have seen a dangerous heatwave in parts of the Northern hemisphere. The impact of heatwaves is often underestimated and citizens as well as public institutions are poorly prepared, which makes extreme temperatures a serious threat to health and infrastructure. In Canada’s Quebec province alone, the government reported an estimated 70 deaths connected to unusually high temperatures. It is typically in densely-populated urban environments that people suffer most from heat stress. Dr. Sandholz is available to answers question on why we see urban heat stress occurring, why this phenomenon is especially critical in cities and towns, what cities and individuals can do to protect themselves, and on how we need to prepare to deal with heat stress in the future.
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