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Study: Low-income Phoenix residents more likely to feel affects of urban heat


A page 1 story in the Sept. 20 <i>Arizona Republic</i> looks at the results of a study showing that even low-income people with homes are more vulnerable to the heat than their wealthier neighbors.<p>Scientists, like geographer Darren Ruddell, who earned his doctorate this past May from Arizona State University's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, call this phenomenon the &quot;heat island effect.&quot; Ruddell is now a postdoctoral associate in ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability.</p><p>&quot;It's an environmental-justice issue. The people who are most vulnerable are also living in the worst conditions. It's a double whammy,&quot; says Ruddell in the article written by reporter Shaun McKinnon.</p><p>Sharon Harlan, an associate professor in ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change is another researcher who studied 40 neighborhoods in the Phoenix metropolitan area in July 2005.</p><p>&quot;Wealth can buy options that let people change their indoor and outdoor environments,&quot; says Harlan in the <i>Arizona Republic</i> story.</p><p><b>READ MORE</b> about their research on the ASU Web site at:</p><p><a href="http://researchstories.asu.edu/stories/too-hot-handle-1199">Too hot to handle</a><br /><a href="/20081024_urban_heat">Project examines urban residents' vulnerability to heat</a></p>

Article Source: Arizona Republic