Gobeshona Global Conference 2021

On January 23rd 2021, Cool Infrastructures Karachi team member Adam Abdullah presented at a session titled “Climate Adaptive Heat Stress Management in South Asia” hosted jointly by the Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe), India, and the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN), and supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The sessionContinue reading “Gobeshona Global Conference 2021”

Integration and Implementation of Better Gender-Sensitive Cooling Policies and Strategies

Cool Infrastructures team attended the recent Sustainable Energy for All  #ThisisCool Webinar on Cooling for All and Gender: Towards Inclusive, Sustainable Cooling Solutions on Tuesday 30th March 2021. Here Dr Anindrya Nastiti reflects on gender sensitive cooling policies and strategies Women inequality is not only a social problem. The accessibility of women to some infrastructures, in particular the coolingContinue reading “Integration and Implementation of Better Gender-Sensitive Cooling Policies and Strategies”

Cool Infrastructures at the 8th Global Dialogue Platform

On Friday, Elspeth Oppermann from the Cool Infrastructures team presented the initial results of the Covid-Heat Nexus survey, in a session put together by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and the Global Heat Health Information network. Don’t forget you can find the new, cleaned-up data set for India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Cameroon’s surveyContinue reading “Cool Infrastructures at the 8th Global Dialogue Platform”

Covid-Heat Survey: refined dataset now available

Since uploading the raw data a few months ago, the team has been hard at work cleaning it up for greater ease of use. We have been double-checking translations, coding open questions and removing superfluous information associated with the data collection process. To view the new ‘cleaned-up’ dataset, go to the Edinburgh repository site here:Continue reading “Covid-Heat Survey: refined dataset now available”

Open data on COVID-19 and Heat-Health published

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that poor communities living in high density urban environments across low- and middle-income countries in the Global South would confront the combined effects of COVID-19 and extreme heat. Whilst mitigation measures – such as lock-downs, home quarantines and social distancing – were going to prove difficultContinue reading “Open data on COVID-19 and Heat-Health published”

Work complete on large scale, remote survey to understand impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on heat stress

As part of our engagement on COVID-19, in August 2020 the Cool Infrastructures project completed a rapid, large scale data collection exercise across four cities in India, Pakistan, Cameroon and Indonesia. The exercise was intended to produce critical information and resources about the nexus of Covid-19 and extreme heat for particularly vulnerable urban populations.

New Publication: “Heat and COVID-19 in the Off Grid City”

FROM SOMATOSPHERE: Amidst almost unstoppable contagion, many have hung their hopes on heat and humidity as a potential defence against contracting Covid-19. In the early months of the pandemic studies of SARS-CoV-2 suggested that the virus is transmitted less efficiently in higher temperatures or at higher rates of humidity, leading to encouraging newspaper headlines around the world,Continue reading “New Publication: “Heat and COVID-19 in the Off Grid City””

New Briefing Note on Informal Settlements for the Global Heat-Health Action Network

COVID-19 amplifies the risks of hot weather, and 2020 is on track to be one of the hottest years on record. We worked with the Global Heat Health Action Network to develop a briefing note on issues and options to take into consideration when managing the health risks of extreme heat in informal settlements duringContinue reading “New Briefing Note on Informal Settlements for the Global Heat-Health Action Network”