Speaker Series 2024 #3 | Addressing Extreme Heat

Mar 2024

About the Session

The Speakers

Learning from Paris at 50 degrees

As cities around the world continue to grow, they face escalating challenges from the impacts of climate change, with extreme heat emerging as a critical concern. Urban areas, with their dense populations and infrastructure, are particularly vulnerable to the health, economic, and environmental ramifications of rising temperatures. The phenomenon of urban heat islands, where cities become significantly warmer than their rural surroundings due to human activities, exacerbates the urgency to address this issue.

The interplay between urban development and climate change is complex, with the need for space often conflicting with the imperative to implement heat mitigation strategies. As the globe warms, cities must not only adapt to cope with current temperature extremes but also innovate to mitigate future risks.

This session focuses on the innovative strategies and solutions Paris is adopting to combat the challenge of extreme heat. Paris is exploring a range of interventions, from enhancing green spaces and reflective surfaces to leveraging technology and community-based initiatives. These efforts aim to reduce temperatures, improve air quality, and enhance livability, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.

Join us for a discussion with a keynote from Paris Deputy Mayor, Pénélope Komitès, as we delve into the challenges and opportunities of managing extreme heat in urban environments.

Thursday, 25 April – 10 AM EST / 4 PM CET

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Pénélope Komitès

Deputy Mayor, City of Paris

Julie Roussel

Head of the Climate Change Adaptation Department, City of Paris

Fanny Cohen

Ecological Transition Project Manager, City of Paris

Owen Gow

Deputy Director for Heat Initiatives, Arsht-Rock Resilience Center

Bushra Afreen

Chief Heat Officer, City of Dhaka

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