In 2020, the City of Charleston completed its first Vulnerability Assessment which identified extreme heat as a significant risk. Charleston suffers two-fold with increasing heat and humidity exposure coupled with a lack of heat risk awareness. Those who suffer most have the least visibility as evidenced in the documentation of energy poverty in Charleston’s poorest neighborhoods. In recent years, there have been efforts to provide some senior citizens with air conditioners and to help with energy bills, but these short-term solutions don’t solve Charleston’s problems. Moreover, Charleston is expected to have triple its current number of extreme heat days by the end of the century but has limited resources to spend given its range of flooding and sea level rise hazards.[…]
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