As extreme heat gets worse, expert calls for access to cooling as a human right

 Tyler Griffin THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO- As summer heat waves intensifyand advocates sound the alarm on the lack of protections for the most vulnerable populations, one extreme weather expert is calling for access to cooling to be treated as a human right. Much of Ontario experienced a multi-day heat event this week, with the humidex reaching up to 40 C in some areas. The planet’s average temperature hit new records in the last few days, rising to an unofficial high of 17.18 C on Tuesday and Wednesday, breaking Monday’s short-lived record of 17.01 C, according to the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer. Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, has sought to bring attention to the need for greater heat adaptation as…

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