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6 October 2022

Episode 573

30 minutes


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We assess the challenges ahead for cities as global temperatures continue to rise and some of the ways we hope to mitigate against the sweltering heat.

6 October 2022

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Chapter 1

9 minutes


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Chapter 1

‘Hot Cities, Chilled Economies’

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Kathy Baughman-McLeod discusses the Atlantic Council’s Arsht-Rock Resilience Centre’s ‘Hot Cities, Chilled Economies’ report, which looks at the effects that heat is having on 12 cities around the world.

9 minutes

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‘Hot Cities, Chilled Economies’

Chapter 2

5 minutes


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Chapter 2

A tree always comes first

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Remigijus Šimašius, the mayor of Vilnius, talks about the city’s 12-point street-design manual, which ensures that a key technique for cooling our urban environments – greenery – stays at the top of the list.

5 minutes

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Chapter 3

9 minutes


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Chapter 3

Mapping urban temperatures

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Jay Sadiq speaks with us about his company FortyGuard, who are helping to provide detailed and granular maps of city temperatures to help people avoid, or address, street-level hot spots.

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Mapping urban temperatures

Chapter 4

4 minutes


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Chapter 4

How the Baltic can help to heat homes

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Timo Aaltonen of Finnish energy company HELEN describes their novel idea for harnessing the waters of the Baltic to bring heating to Helsinki.

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