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Study shows rising heat driving up infrastructure costs

Study shows heat causing infrastructure costs to soar
Posted at 8:09 AM, Dec 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-08 09:11:09-05

PHOENIX, Arizona — Extreme heat caused by climate change is driving up city infrastructure costs.

A study conducted by The Nature Conservancy in Phoenix showed emergency room visits and hospitalizations went up due to heat-related illnesses.

It says the city also had to pay more for road maintenance, as streets and highways buckled from high temperatures.

Researchers say planting trees to provide shade and building cool roofs to absorb heat could help cities save money.