Urban Heat Equity
Aerial view of Baltimore. Image: Jon Bilous / American Forests
Across America, extreme heat disproportionately impacts folks of color and folks in poverty.
American Forests analyzed surface temperature data from thousands of satellite images nationwide. We investigate how urban heat disparities play out in every urbanized1 neighborhood in America—looking city by city.
A hot day at the city fountain. Image: Svetlana Lazarenka / American Forests
In fact, very few cities in America are exempt from the issue of heat inequity.
An eye-popping 92% of U.S. cities1 have more residents of color and higher poverty rates in the hottest neighborhoods. The data reveal a pervasive pattern impacting nearly every city in America.
Trees can help moderate heat in your city.
People living in cities are experiencing extreme heat more and more regularly. Climate change is leading to higher temperatures and longer, more intense and more frequent heat waves. Establishing adequate tree cover on a city block can provide up to 10 degrees of cooling.
Check out this story on urban heat islands to learn more.
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