Investigation: Urban poor hit hardest as the planet heats up

In this June 13, 2019 photo, Michael Thomas and Alberta Wilkerson stand on the front steps of their home in the Broadway East neighborhood of Baltimore. The couple’s home has no air conditioning and both have health conditions that are made worse by the summer’s heat. (University of Maryland Capital News Service via AP)

BALTIMORE — Heat radiates from the asphalt and concrete that cover the streets, the sidewalks, the alleys, even the tiny yards behind the homes in the East Baltimore neighborhood of McElderry Park. Trees are scarce. And air doesn’t move much when it comes up against block after block of rowhouses.