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The science, practice and humans of ecological restoration. Interviews with leaders in the field. We fix ecosystems, which promises a brighter future for human livelihoods and health as well as a just transition in a warming world.

Sep 28, 2020

This episode delves into the intersections of climate change, community well-being, justice and restoration of our urban ecosystems. The focus is on urban heat and the challenge of heat islands. Treehugger is joined by Vivek Shandas who Professor of Climate Adaptation and Director of the Sustaining Urban Places Research Lab at Portland State University. Dr. Shandas' studies the effects of urban development patterns and processes on environmental health. By examining the assumptions about our built environment, Dr. Shandas supports communities in improving their adaptation from climate stressors, including extreme events such as urban heat, air quality, and storms. Vivek serves as Chair of the City of Portland's Urban Forestry Commission, and on several other local and national advisory boards.

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Bloomburg Life and Death in Our Hot Future Will Be Shaped by Today’s Income Inequality By Eric Roston, Paul Murray and Rachael Dottle

Hoffman, J. S., Shandas, V., & Pendleton, N. (2020). The effects of historical housing policies on resident exposure to intra-urban heat: A study of 108 US urban areasClimate8(1), 12.

New York Times. Earth is overheating. Millions are already feeling the pain. a series of photo essays documenting the outsize effect that extreme heat has on the poor and marginalized

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