28 Aug '17, 10pm

Paint the street white? Los Angeles Lightens Streets in Bid to Stay Cool

Paint the street white? Los Angeles Lightens Streets in Bid to Stay Cool

In an experimental program launched earlier this year, the City of Los Angeles has been applying a reflective coating to some of its streets in an attempt to lower asphalt temperatures and keep the city cooler. City street crews first applied a product called CoolSeal in May, and were to duplicate the experiment in other parts of the city later in the summer. Officials hope that the coating will help offset higher average temperatures caused by climate change and the heat-island effect. “The city’s going to get hotter because of climate change, particularly this neighborhood of the west San Fernando Valley,” Greg Spotts, assistant director of the Bureau of Street Services, told The Los Angeles Daily News . “The phenomenon called the heat island effect means the city is hotter than the surrounding countryside. We’re exploring ways to reduce the heat island effect by reducin...

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