Mnay of our cites are getting hotter and wetter. In Jakarta the rainy season is lasting longer. And that means disease-carrying mosquitoes thrive and breed. The disease in this case is the mosquito that carries dengue – for which there is no cure. Worldwide an estimated 100 million people are infected with dengue every year.
Rich countries are vulnerable to heat as well. In 2003 a heat wave swept through Europe killing 70,000 people. In Paris at least a thousand died. “Hot Cities” visits all three cities, Jakarta, Paris and Chicago, to see how they are adapting.
Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.Keywords: environment, climate change, asia, heatwave, dengue, heat wave, chicago, jakarta, paris