On September 27, 2020, the people of St.Gallen decided to anchor the article on climate protection and climate change in the municipal code. This is because the substantial rise in temperatures also has notable implications for life in the city of St.Gallen.
Due to the lack of green spaces and too many sealed surfaces, the city heats up more than the surrounding area, especially in summer. The figure shows the temperature difference between the surrounding area, residential area, city center and agglomeration during hot spells.
Another consequence of rising temperatures are more frequent tropical nights and heat days in summer. These are a particular problem for older people and small children, as they put a strain on the cardiovascular system.
In this regard, the city of St.Gallen has defined five areas of action to mitigate heat stress, such as greening buildings. Learn more about it through the following link: