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Unequal heat: A visit to Worcester, Massachusetts in the heat of summer highlights the inequities of rising temperatures

Woodwell Climate Research Center 3/8/2022

“It’s a hot, humid day in late August and we’re all already sweating as Arman Bajracharya begins to tell us about his project. Bajracharya is a second year Ph.D. student in the geography department at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where we’re standing now. … The satellite maps only tell part of the story, however, which is why Bajracharya and his advisor Dr. Rinku Roy Chowdhury have brought us out onto the streets of Worcester. … Often, Dr. Roy Chowdhury reminds us, the ‘green’ and ‘blue’ spaces that do exist in vulnerable areas may be inaccessible to residents, either cordoned off as private property or unsuitable for use due to safety concerns or an absence of trails or paths.”