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September 5, 2019

Urban poor hit hardest as the planet heats up

By IAN ROUND, JAZMIN CONNER, JERMAINE ROWLEY and SANDY BANISKY
University of Maryland Capital News Service

BALTIMORE — Heat radiates from the asphalt and concrete that cover the streets, the sidewalks, the alleys, even the tiny yards behind the homes in the East Baltimore neighborhood of McElderry Park. Trees are scarce. And air doesn't move much when it comes up against block after block of rowhouses.

So as a dangerous 11-day heat wave tormented the city in July, the hottest month ever recorded on the planet, fewer and fewer residents were going outside.


 
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