As with many large cities in the US, Detroit is increasingly contending with the negative effects that climate change has on its population. In particular senior populations are more susceptible to extreme heat events which are occurring at more regular rates.
The article discusses extreme heat, which poses a threat to the livability and sustainability of cities, and disproportionally harms marginalized groups. The frequency of extreme heat events is expected to increase in the future as climate change exacerbates urban heat island (UHI) effects. Common UHI mitigation strategies – such as cool pavements (light-colored surfacing or permeable pavements), cool roofs (often categorized as “white”, “blue”, or “green” roof strategies to differentiate the approaches), and increased planting of vegetation – vary in effectiveness depending on a city’s baseline climate, as well as on city size and layout.(source)