Media Advisory: Heat Stress in Cities – UN Expert Provides Answers

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  • 2018•07•24     Bonn

    2018•07•23     BONN

    What

    UN University heat stress expert available for media interviews

    Who

    Dr. Simone Sandholz, Senior Scientist, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

    When

    Interviews by appointment (phone, skype or in person)

    Why

    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.

    Further information

    Five facts on heat stress
    Heat stress research at UNU-EHS

    For further questions, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

    Nadine Hoffmann
    Communication Associate
    United Nations University
    Institute for Environment and Human Security
    Tel + 49-228-815 0284
    hoffmann@vie.unu.edu
    www.ehs.unu.edu

    Janine Kandel
    Head of Communication
    United Nations University
    Institute for Environment and Human Security
    Tel: + 49-228-815-0219
    kandel@vie.unu.edu
    www.ehs.unu.edu