It’s not your imagination. This summer has been exceptionally hot, both worldwide, and in our region. D.C. is sweating through its fourth hottest summer in recorded history, and climate scientists predict that the heat will only become more intense as the effects of climate change become more pronounced. In D.C., extreme weather may present a variety of challenges, both in terms of protecting critical infrastructure and communities themselves. That’s why the city created Climate Ready D.C., an effort to predict how climate change will affect the city and prepare for negative impacts. Kojo sits down with those behind the plan to explore how Washington is preparing for climate change in the short and long term.


  • Tommy Wells Director, D.C. Department of Energy and Environment
  • Katharine Hayhoe Director, Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University; Founder and C.E.O, ATMOS Research

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