Heat Stress

“I don’t sleep well”: Extreme weather threatens Nepal’s farmers

Stories from the field Author: Aadesh Subedi

Agriculture is being particularly hit as recurring droughts and floods have become the new normal. According to the Ministry of Agricultural Development, August floods in the Talai region alone cost farmers nearly 3 billion Nepalese rupees (about $28 million). As climate change brings more unpredictable weather, how farmer in Chitwan - Nepal adapt?

Jakarta Builders First Victims of Scorching Heat

Stories from the field Author: Ellen Septiane

Many workers travel to the Indonesian capital from throughout the country in search of jobs, often taking on low-paid employment as drivers or factory or construction workers. Construction workers can earn a daily wage of about 100,000 to 150,000 Indonesian rupiah ($7-$10.50) for tough physical labour. But summer temperatures averaging 37 degrees Celsius can make working extremely difficult for them, as they can’t avoid being outside on hot days.

Webinar recording: City under Rising Temperature

Energy consumption through the use of electronic appliances (e.g. television, kitchen equipment, lighting) is continuing to increase, whichis leading to rising temperatures. In this way, temperature has become one of the stresses faced by most cities not only in Asia, but also all around the world. These rising temperatures have affected many aspects of our life, including health.

This webinar entitled "City under Rising Temperature", Dr. Umamaheshwaran Rajsekar explored technology options to improve thermal comfort for low rise high density urban development.

With a touch of paint, India's women slum dwellers battle extreme heat

Stories from the field Author: Rina Chandran

As summer heat becomes unbearable, simple measures can help people cope better. Meenaben used to dread the onset of summer every year. Her small two-room home in a slum in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad would get so hot that she could not sit indoors for several hours in the day, even with a ceiling fan running. Two months ago, however, she agreed to try an experiment: A non-profit organisation that works in the Ramesh Dutt Colony where she lives, on the outskirts of the city, painted her tin roof with white reflective paint, to try to reduce the heat.