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The Biden Administration Tuesday unveiled heat.gov, which includes maps, forecasts, and health advice in response to the recent blistering heat wave that has still gripped the West US.

In order to shrink the death toll linked to the colossal and ever-growing heat fuelled by global warming, the website is aimed at local planners to help them decide whether it is too hot for road work, at farmers for planting and harvesting advice, and even “a mom trying to decide this summer: Is it safe for your kids to play outside or to go to summer camp?” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said.

Source: NY Times

Pat Breysse, director of environmental health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the predictions the new website offers can help authorities plan for extreme heat in advance and protect people who are most at risk, by setting up cooling centers and providing water, for example.

The website follows other Biden Administration actions on heat, including financial aid to help on air conditioning for low-income residents, grants to build new cooling centers, upcoming rules for workers outside in the heat, and help for cities to cool urban heat islands with more tree cover. 

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