Where Dangerous Heat is Surging

September 2023

The Washington Post

Lucas Davis, Energy Institute Faculty Affiliate, provides insight into the reality for underserved communities regarding recent heat surges.

“Lucas Davis, a professor of environmental economics at the University of California at Berkeley, says research shows that once households in hot regions reach $10,000 in annual income, they tend to buy air-conditioning units. But in some of the poorest and hottest countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, that level of income may remain unattainable for decades — leaving some of the world’s most vulnerable people at the mercy of dangerous heat.”

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