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Racism is magnifying the deadly impact of rising city heat

On a New York city street a woman holds an umbrella to protect her from the sun, as a man behind walks with a zimmer frame

New York City residents endured near-record high temperatures in late June during a heatwave that caused power outages. Credit: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg/Getty

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Nature 595, 349-351 (2021)



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