In partnership with the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, the Mayor of Seville, Spain announces heatwave naming and categorization initiative. Mayor Juan Espadas of Seville, Spain, will announce Seville’s intention to become the first city in the world to name and categorize heatwaves. Often called “the silent killer,” extreme heat kills more individuals than any other extreme weather event in the United States, and Europe has the world’s highest heat-related mortality rate among people 65 and older. In 2018, 104,000 heat-related deaths were recorded amongst the EU’s elderly population – over one third of the global total. Ranking heat waves on the basis of health impact and naming them could help raise awareness and increase preparedness, and Seville will be the first city to commit to piloting and testing this system.

Speaker remarks

Juan Espadas
Seville, Spain

Mauricio Rodas
Former Mayor
Quito, Ecuador;
Co-chair, World Economic Forum’s Global Commission on BiodiverCities by 2030;
Senior Fellow, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Atlantic Council

Kathy Baughman McLeod
Director and SVP, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Atlantic Council 

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