Overheating megacities are a climate problem and solution – a Latin America case study

By Robert Muggah and Mac Margolis

Published in The World Economic Forum

It can seem like climate change affects all communities equally. From flash floods and wildfires to record-breaking heat waves, its impacts are spreading – from the parched well-to-do neighbourhoods of California’s suburbs to Pakistan’s waterlogged cities spanning Peshawar to Hyderabad.

On closer inspection, however, the impacts of climate shocks and stresses are uneven. “I wish I could tell you why areas where people may not have much continue to get hit and lose everything,” Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said last month, after the worst floods in a quarter century engulfed poverty-stricken Appalachia.

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