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15 August 2019

Episode 409

30 minutes

Following one of the hottest summers on record, we look at the impact that rising temperatures are having on our cities.

15 August 2019

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Are cities getting hotter?

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This year’s heatwave marked the UK’s second scorching summer in a row; infrastructure crumbled and underground trains felt more like saunas than subways. Climate scientist Dr Michael Byrne joined our editor to dispel some myths and give us the hard facts when it comes to climate change in our cities.

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‘Heatwave Guide for Cities’

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The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre has published ‘Heatwave Guide for Cities’, which explains how the effects of hot weather can be mitigated in urban areas. We meet one of its co-authors, Roop Singh.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Greece

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As temperatures in Athens reach 40C for the fifth day in a row, Monocle’s correspondent Daphne Karnezis takes us through some tips for braving the heat in the city.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

California wildfires

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A mix of topography, bad forest management and urban sprawl are turning Californian summers into a volatile period for wildfires. Monocle’s acting bureau chief in Los Angeles, Carlota Rebelo, spoke to Craig Clements, director of the Fire Weather Research Laboratory at the San Jose State University.

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