Hot nights in Phoenix, Arizona

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    Spotlight 9/2022
    Phoenix, Arizone, im Sonnenaufgang
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    Von Martha Paris

    People living in Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, are feeling the heat of climate change.  

    The city, which has a population of around 1.6 million, had daytime temperatures in early June of 110 °F (43 °C). The problems, though, continue at night. The city, an expanding jungleDschungeljungle of asphalt and concreteBetonconcrete, doesn’t cool down much after dark. Recently, the temperature didn’t drop below 80 °F (27 °C) for a whole week.

    Never below 80 °F

    (27 °C), even at night

    In 2021, the mayorBürgermeister(in)mayor of Phoenix put together a team to find solutions to the extreme weather and help residentBewohner(in)residents deal with the heat. Plans include planting more trees, painting streets with a reflective compoundGemisch, Stoff, Verbindungcompound and creating easy accessZugangaccess to so-called cooling centers, where people can go to to recoversich erholen; hier: sich abkühlenrecover and get a refreshingerfrischendrefreshing drink of water.

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