Hotter Cities

Climate change and planning for resilient, healthy urban environments

Authored by: Louise McKenzie

The Routledge Handbook Of Planning For Health And Well-Being

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023307
eBook ISBN: 9781315728261
Adobe ISBN: 9781317542407


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This chapter examines the impact of urban heat on health. It provides frameworks through which to view vulnerability, heatwaves and heat-related public health risk and what this means for urban planning. A number of issues are raised such as ageing and chronic illness, physical activity and community resilience, and all of this against a background of increasing global temperatures. But to begin, it starts with the real experiences and impacts of heatwaves during Australia’s summer of 2013–14.

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