The costs of a rapidly changing climate, particularly rising temperatures, fall hardest on already marginalized people. The heat challenges they face include dangerously hot buildings.
Building design and quality have a dramatic impact on people’s daily lives. People with less money often face higher indoor temperatures than even their more well-off neighbors. For example, a 2019 study found that in Delhi and Dhaka a brick-and-tin slum house could be up to 8°C warmer at night than the officially recorded outdoor temperature.
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