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This won’t be Houston’s last extremely hot summer. Are you ready for what’s next?

We discuss how Houstonians will have to adapt to what may likely be hotter summers to come.


Houstonian Pamala Henn takes a sip of water to cool down.


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It’s been a miserable summer for doing anything outdoors this year, with record-breaking temperatures for weeks on end. Of course, it’s always hot in the summer in Houston, but could we expect it to get even hotter in summers to come?

Though there is no definitive data that says this extreme weather is explicitly due to climate change, the science does suggest extreme heat, wildfires, and stronger storms are indicators of a planet that’s getting warmer.

So, as we contend with these extremes, what exactly can we do to deal with them? How is Houston, as a coastal city in a hot and humid climate to begin with, poised to adapt as it gets even hotter?

In the audio above, we ask Jainey K. Bavishi, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator for NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Cymene Howe, professor of anthropology at Rice University.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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