Climate change has already brought record high and low temperatures, impacting everything from baseball (we hosted the hottest-ever World Series in 2017) to heating and cooling bills for residents and businesses. Urban residents also face exacerbated health impacts due to the "urban heat island effect," where commonly used materials, such as conventional pavement, absorb and retain heat.
Climate change also worsens existing inequities in specific communities:
The County will consider climate adaptation and resilience in all future planning and development decisions. We will prioritize green infrastructure and biodiversity preservation that will support a healthy, resilient environment while addressing inequities and public health. The dangers we face from climate change are immense. Every action we take now to protect our homes, communities, and infrastructure should better
prepare us for the future and protect us against climate risks and their disproportionate impacts.
Research is currently being conducted to understand how much of LA County's land area is covered by heat-trapping surfaces.
Convert 10% of heat-trapping surfaces to cool or green surfaces
Convert 20% of heat-trapping surfaces to cool or green surfaces
Convert 30% of heat-trapping surfaces to cool or green surfaces
In 2014 there were seven heat-stress emergency department visits per 100,000 residents. (LA County Public Health / Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development)
Reduce by 15% the number of heat-stress emergency department visits per 100,000 residents
Reduce by 45% the number of heat-stress emergency department visits per 100,000 residents
Reduce by 75% the number of heat-stress emergency departments visits per 100,000 residents