Meltsville is The Washington Post‘s interactive fictitious city that is not built for a hotter climate and this project shows what happens when Meltsville experiences the world’s actual, unprecedented heat events. The experience of reading is just as grim as it is it is important.
Extreme heat is deadly for humans and not great for infrastructure, either.
Most of the mechanical, electrical and architectural systems we count on every day were built to handle what the climate has always been, not what it is rapidly becoming.
That means, for instance, that Norwegian runways, Seattle streets and London bridges handle wind, rain and cold just fine, but a triple-digit heat wave? Not so much.
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