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Joseph Winters, Grist | 7/11/2023

Heat; Clean Energy; Health Disparities

As heat waves worsen, so too does the sense of dread they bring to vulnerable populations. “Even before it happens, there’s a lot of anxiety,” said Esther Min, director of environmental health research partnerships for the nonprofit Front and Centered, a coalition of Washington state-based organizations led by communities of color. “It’s already brutal on the physical body when it is hot, but if you know it’s going to be difficult and you might not be able to escape it? … There’s that mental health aspect that I hear people these days talking about a lot more — that anxiety, that grief, that frustration.”

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