31 Jan '18, 11am

Let's cool the city and make it greener at the same time

Urban Heat Island Effect – cities in the 21st Century The Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE), already a problem for cities across the globe, will be exacerbated as the planet gets hotter. Green spaces in cities are recognised as ameliorating the adverse effects of the Urban Heat Island. ‘Summers by 2050 will be 1.5 – 3.5 ºC hotter…in central London. The urban heat island currently adds 5 – 6º C to summer night time temperatures and this will intensify in the future.’ – The London Climate Change Partnership: London’s Warming – The Impacts of Climate Change on London Urban areas and the Urban Heat Island Effect Urban areas have higher average temperatures than surrounding countryside. This temperature difference is called the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE). As urban development increases, there is a reduction in green space. The hard surfaces in cities absorb heat, especially ...

Full article: https://livingroofs.org/urban-heat-island-effect/

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