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When homes already hit 40°C inside, it’s better to draw on residents’ local know-how

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🗞️ Driving the news: Researchers in Western Sydney are engaging with culturally diverse communities and social housing providers to adapt to increasing heat due to climate change
• They are exploring various strategies to manage heat, emphasizing the importance of climate readiness in areas like Western Sydney, where low-income communities face greater challenges

🔭 The context: The study reveals that poor housing and limited access to safe, comfortable public spaces exacerbate the impact of heatwaves on low-income communities
• Strategies for adaptation include hosting heat data loggers in homes to monitor temperatures and sharing collective knowledge on coping with heat

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This research underscores the pressing need for climate resilience in urban planning and housing policies, particularly in fast-growing, diverse, and low-income areas
• It highlights the importance of inclusive, community-driven approaches to climate adaptation that consider the specific needs and knowledge of vulnerable population

⏭️ What's next: The project aims to foster climate-ready communities through participatory design and collective adaptation strategies
• It seeks to influence policy and urban planning by demonstrating the effectiveness of shared knowledge and community engagement in creating climate-resilient cities

💬 One quote: "Residents also created 'rules' to manage the heat in their homes. These ranged from opening and closing doors and windows at certain times, to keeping lights off, to avoiding baking, to rationing air conditioning," illustrating the practical, everyday strategies employed by residents to cope with extreme heat.

📈 One stat: Last summer, temperatures inside some homes in Western Sydney reached as high as 40°C, highlighting the severe impact of urban heat islands in densely populated, low-income areas.

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