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Three ideas to beat the heat, and the people who made them happen

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By illuminem briefings

· 2 min read


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🗞️ Driving the news: Innovative solutions are being developed worldwide to protect vulnerable populations from extreme heat
• These include an app for finding cool spots, an insurance policy for working women, and local laws for outdoor workers

🔭 The context: Extreme heat is now the deadliest weather hazard, according to the World Meteorological Organization
• These practical, tested ideas are being implemented to help those most at risk, such as waste pickers and farmworkers

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: With rising global temperatures, these solutions are crucial for protecting health and livelihoods, especially in regions frequently experiencing dangerous heat levels

⏭️ What's next: Expanding these innovations and ensuring they reach more vulnerable communities will be key
• Advocacy for better heat protection policies and wider adoption of these tools continues

💬 One quote: "We are just learning how to address heat. It’s a new reality everyone is facing," said Kathy Baughman McLeod, head of Climate Resilience for All

📈 One stat: In May, when temperatures in Ahmedabad hit 104°F for three days, waste picker Hansa Ahir received a payout of 400 rupees from her heat insurance policy

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