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Why we love shade
Shade plays an important role in minimising the Urban Heat Island Effect and reducing heat related diseases. Higher tree cover means lower temperatures on the ground on hot days, as well as sun protection for people as we walk We believe that shade needs to be a much higher priority when planning our new developments…
Living in a rental home without cooling: Madeline’s story
No-one should have to live in a dangerously hot home, but this is the reality for Madeline Cooper, a renter living in Melbourne’s inner city. She lives with long Covid, which is challenging enough, but for Madeline, the extreme summer heat makes her symptoms worse. Her rental home is not designed to cope with scorching…
Public housing high-rise residents suffering in the heat with inadequate infrastructure
Sweltering Cities Melbourne Community Campaigner joined a weekly morning tea for residents from some of Melbourne’s over 55’s public housing towers. The purpose of the visit was to discuss their experiences of living in the towers during heatwaves, the effects that the heat has on their livelihoods, and what they would like to see changed.
February 2022 Melbourne Online Community Meeting
Sweltering Cities held our first 2022 Melbourne community meeting online with over 30 attendees. we heard from some powerful key speakers followed by a broad insightful discussion of extreme heat impacts across Melbourne.
Heatwaves aren’t a day at the beach: heat related illness and resources
Heat waves and extreme heat can cause heat related illnesses from heat rashes to heat stroke. Existing medical conditions can be exacerbated by heat include heat disease, diabetes, respiratory or circulatory illnesses or mental illnesses. There is lots of information about how heat impacts our health. We’ve collected some resources for you here: Fact Sheet:…
Sweltering Cities Sydney Community Survey Report
Read the report of the biggest ever community survey on heat in Sydney.
SMH: Sydneysiders using unconventional methods to cool down
By Andrew Taylor March 8, 2021 “Almost one-third of Sydney residents leave their homes to cool down during hot weather, while 55 per cent of people do not turn on their airconditioners because of the cost of energy bills. A survey of how people cope with hot weather found nearly half of all apartment dwellers leave…
SMH: ‘I wrapped myself in a damp towel’: Sydneysiders risk health inside hot homes
By Andrew Taylor January 24, 2021 — 12.00am “Some Sydney residents are living in homes with room temperatures nudging 40 degrees, as climate change raises temperatures and fear of big energy bills stops people from cooling down. A study of indoor air temperatures in Sydney homes found 51 per cent of residents surveyed in the summer of 2018-19…
ABC: Heatwaves may mean Sydney is too hot for people to live in ‘within decades’
Sunday 24 January 2021 “Parts of Victoria and NSW are sweating through an extreme heatwave that started sweeping across Australia’s southeast on Saturday. This may seem like just a good excuse to go to the beach, but as the planet warms and summers become longer and less bearable, heatwaves are coming to represent an existential threat to Australian suburbs. Already,…