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Petzold, Jan ORCID: 0000-0003-0508-3362; Mose, Lukas (2023): Urban greening as a response to climate-related heat risk: A social-geographical review. Sustainability, 15 (6): 4996. ISSN 2071-1050

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With the increasing intensity, frequency and duration of heat waves, adaptation measures are becoming increasingly relevant and moving up the agenda of decision-makers. In particular, urban areas require effective solutions due to the urban heat island effect and the increasing number of urban dwellers, including highly vulnerable social groups such as people with low income or who lack access to public areas. However, despite the strong agreement about the effectiveness of urban greening as an adaptation measure, there is still limited understanding of where and for whom such measures should be implemented and accessible. Through a systematic scoping review of the academic literature, this paper shows critical regional and methodological research gaps, including a bias towards Asian and European cities and a lack of assessments of the accessibility of urban greening structures. Addressing spatial issues of urban greening is of great importance for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, given the ongoing urbanisation trends and projected increase in heat risk.

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