Newsom announces plan to deal with extreme heat that includes temperature limits for residential units

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Felisa Benitez, 86, takes a break on the porch of her Pacoima home on a 99-degree day in August 2021. The Newsom administration has announced a plan for addressing extreme heat. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Felisa Benitez, 86, takes a break on the porch of her Pacoima home on a 99-degree day in August 2021. The Newsom administration has announced a plan for addressing extreme heat. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration this week announced a plan for addressing extreme heat that includes recommendations on how to monitor deaths caused by heat waves and the possible establishment of temperature limits for residential units.

The release of the plan follows the publication of a Los Angeles Times investigation that revealed that California has done a poor job tracking the number of people who have died due to extreme heat and has largely failed to provide resources to communities that are most vulnerable to the effects of heat and global warming.

“Extreme heat threatens public health and safety, economic prosperity and communities and natural systems, with profoundly disproportionate consequences for the most vulnerable Californians,” California Natural Resources Agency officials said in a statement.

The Extreme Heat Action Plan, released Monday, is essentially an update of the state’s 2013 recommendations.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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