Cooling the concrete jungle: How can cities beat extreme heat?

Extreme heat is creating major challenges for cities. The urban “heat island” effect traps cities in a bubble of scorching temperatures, which endangers lives and puts pressure on emergency services and infrastructure. Often the poorest neighbourhoods bear the worst consequences of rising heat waves. Andrew Lombardi discusses how heat exacerbates inequalities in cities and breaks down what cities can do to save lives now and enhance heat resilience through better policies and practices.

Guest: Andrew Lombardi, OECD Policy Analyst
Host: Jessica Voorhees, OECD Communications Officer


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Andrew Lombardi is a Policy Analyst at the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) where he supports the OECD Champion Mayors initiative's work on issues related to inclusive growth, affordable housing, sustainable urban transport, spatial planning, and innovation and data use in cities, as well as CFE projects on land value capture, the future of city centres, and opportunities for midsized cities. Before coming to Paris, Andrew worked in city government in New York, NY, and has conducted urban policy research in Mexico City, Manila, and Barcelona. He holds a Master’s degree from Sciences Po in urban governance and policy.

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Jessica Voorhees is a Communications Officer at the OECD. She has worked on campaigns focussed on topics such as affordable housing, digital transformation and international co-operation for development.