Public Spaces as Climate Justice Places? Climate Quality in the City of Chillán, Chile

Title
Public Spaces as Climate Justice Places? Climate Quality in the City of Chillán, Chile
Author Pamela Smith, Cristián Henríquez
Line(s) Sociospatial Dynamics
Year of Publication 2019
Journal Title Enviromental Journal
Keywords climate injustice, urban climate, climate quality public, space,  urban planning
Abstract The transformations brought about by climate change and the continued growth of cities are having an impact on urban climate. In urban spaces, especially in public spaces, environmental conditions are becoming more uncomfortable and this is affecting the health and quality of life of city dwellers. This study of climate quality in the city of Chillán revealed that there are insufficient public spaces to provide acceptable environmental quality for the entire population. It also showed that high-income areas, located in the peri-urban zones of the city, enjoy a better climate, environment, and air quality. This article analyzes urban climate injustice, as evidenced by the sharp socioeconomic differences in the quality of environment to which urban residents are exposed, and highlights the need for public spaces to improve the environmental quality for residents.
Doi http://doi.org/10.1089/env.2018.0041
Corresponding Author Pamela Smith,