Photo: Penrith farmlands in December 2009: From Farmlands to Suburbia in 10 Years
TEMPERATURES rise dramatically in urban environments during heat waves from the west.
Compounded by thermal mass and poor city design.
PENRITH has become hotter because of the thermal mass from overdevelopment … the “heat island effect”.
Collecting not only pollution but all the heat from the entire city of Sydney in a basin bounded to the east by the Pacific Ocean and to the south, west and north by elevated terrain.
AND … it is evident that Penrith is becoming a thermal mass wasteland due to the higher density rezoning, motorways, airport construction along with the removal of trees (less than 6% of the Cumberland Plain Woodland remains!), and loss of farmlands …. vegetation!
SUSTAINABILITY would be about adapting … following this disaster of overdevelopment … some might go as far to say that Sydney needs to be bulldozed … redesigned once the awfulizers, the mafia of developers are done with Sydney and run off with Billions in their pockets.
The image from April 2018 shows the completed construction with rows of identical homes. Photo: Nearmap.com.au
BUSHFIRE and NATURAL HAZARDS CRC
“Heatwaves are dangerous and have killed more people in Australia than all other climate related disasters combined.
Urban environments are considered especially vulnerable to heatwaves due to the Urban Heat Island effect. Increasing death rates from heatwaves are predicted to become one of Australia’s most detrimental impacts of climate change (IPPC 2014) with major implications for emergency services and public policy development.
The catastrophic dimensions of heatwave mortality are not spread evenly across society but are concentrated among specific population groups. Older people, especially women, are overrepresented in heatwave related excess mortality statistics internationally.
Using a critical perspective, this paper aims to present a literature review exploring current research on social vulnerability of older women during urban heatwaves. It will illustrate how heatwave vulnerability is largely socially constructed through the intersection of deeply entrenched gender inequality with systemic socio-economic disadvantage.
The review will highlight the need for heatwave intervention to be guided by a social justice perspective, to avoid older, poorer women becoming the shock absorbers of the climate crisis.
This paper is part of my PhD research project at Monash University:
‘Denaturalising heatwaves: gendered social vulnerabilities in urban heatwaves and the use of public cool spaces as a primary heat health measure’. The research has ethics approval.”
CAAN: AN AERIAL VIEW OF THE DEVELOPER MAFIA DRIVEN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT
Photo: From Farmland to Suburbia: Penrith 2018: A recent shot shows the suburb completely transformed into new homes
AUSTRALIA NEEDS TO TALK … and not be Silenced!
WHAT CAAN wants you to do … COPY AND PASTE THIS into an Email for your Contacts … EVERYONE needs to know … in Sydney, New South Wales … across Australia ... we all need to be talking about this!
The recipients can then forward the email onto their contacts …
FOLLOWING this why not ask the people in your street, club, community to write to The Editor of all the papers … of your Objections to the higher density of the Medium Density Housing Code of 10 terraces on a 600 M2 lot or the Greenfields Housing Code of tiny lots: 200Mx X 6M wide! With no room for a tree!
AND demand that our Governments … act in the interests of Australian Constituents … for a change!
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