Scorched by history: Discriminatory past shapes heat waves in minority and low-income neighborhoods

Scorched by history: Discriminatory past shapes heat waves in minority and low-income neighborhoods

THE SIGNAL

NEW YORK — Ruben Berrios knows the scorching truth: When it comes to extreme heat, where you live can be a matter of life and death.
The 66-year-old lives in Mott Haven, a low-income neighborhood in New York’s South Bronx, where more than 90 percent of residents are Latino or Black. Every summer, the South Bronx becomes one of the hottest parts of the city, with temperatures 8 degrees (4.5 degrees Celsius) higher than on the Upper West and East sides — lusher, majority-white neighborhoods le …

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