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Urban Heat Island Effect

Trees: Helping Cities Solve Climate Change

Jad Daley | Posted 01.12.2017 | Green
Jad Daley

To fully grasp the potential of trees to combat climate change, one has to understand the "Urban Heat Island Effect." This situation occurs when pavement and other built materials in our cities absorb and re-radiate heat, to create an oven-like effect.

Hot And Getting Hotter: Heat Islands Cooking U.S. Cities

Climate Central | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Climate Central. Cities are almost always hotter than the surrounding rural area but global warming takes that he...

Our Urban Forests Improve the Quality of Life

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

The Center for Urban Forest Research has estimated that a property with trees is valued 5 percent to 15 percent higher than a comparable lot with no trees.

Waste Heat From Cities May Be Altering Weather Patterns

Posted 01.28.2013 | Green

From Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick: The carbon dioxide that belches from tailpipes and smokestacks is a proven greenhouse gas that has been...

The Dangers Of Urban Heat Island Effect

Posted 08.15.2012 | Green

By Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick: For scientists who worry about climate change, cities are just plain annoying. The acres of asphalt that ...

Another Climate Denial Argument Bites the Dust

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 12.20.2011 | Green
Shawn Lawrence Otto

This Koch-funded group has not been able to show that the urban heat island effect has had any influence on temperature measurements of global warming. In fact, the group found in a paper just released that both urban and rural areas "show significant warming."

NYC Nature 101: Urban Ecology

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Marielle Anzelone

Ecologists have begun to do their field studies closer to home. In the process, they have discovered that nature survives, and even thrives, in the city limits.

New study shoots down another climate denier myth

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

This article was written by my colleague and top science writer, Mitchell Anderson, who gave me permission to reprint it here. Another climate chan...