"Parts of Victoria and NSW are sweating through an extreme heatwave that
started sweeping across Australia's southeast on Saturday.
This may seem like just a good excuse to go to the beach, but as the
planet warms and summers become longer and less bearable, heatwaves are
coming to represent an existential threat to Australian suburbs.
Already, heat kills more people in Australia than any other natural
disaster, including floods, cyclones and bushfires.
Now, faced with the prospect of 50-degree-plus summers, experts say
highly urbanised parts of Australia may become unliveable within decades.
The race is on to re-imagine, redesign and rebuild the Australian suburb.
Car parks may be ripped up and planted with trees and greenery, houses
retro-fitted with insulation, roads painted to reflect rather than
absorb heat, and supermarkets and even whole suburbs built underground
to reduce cooling costs."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
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