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The sun beats down on St. Louis

The sun beats down on scaffolding hanging from the UMB Banking tower at the corner of South Broadway and Walnut Street in downtown St. Louis on Aug. 31. 

Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

The article “As cities gather data on unequal urban heat, experts ask St. Louis to join” (Sept. 7) was timely. Riding a bicycle from south St. Louis to Forest Park this summer was like riding through the Sahara desert. Many of our streets have few or no trees. Hurricane Ida follows a pattern of extreme weather events that demonstrate how deadly climate change is. St. Louis and its homeowners must do better and need to plant more trees.

Steven R. Bettlach • St. Louis