News Analysis

Climate Justice Heats Up in NYC

Rezoning and planning efforts can address the urban heat-island effect in a vulnerable Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood.

March 6, 2018

As climate change leads to higher temperatures, dense urban areas are particularly affected due to the urban heat-island (UHI) effect. And low-income neighborhoods like Gowanus, in South Brooklyn, New York, are especially vulnerable to the hazardous health impacts of UHI.

Now, as the city prepares to rezone the Gowanus neighborhood for future development, local leaders and community advocates worry that the increased density resulting from this development will put the area at even greater risk for UHI.