Image of the Day: Trippy View of Hot Time in the City
Research has shown that urbanization alone could drive local temperatures up by a whopping 7°F by 2050 in some parts of the U.S. — some two or three times higher than the effects of global warming (which would also be going on at the same time). Because of this, climate scientists have to subtract this so-called urban heat island effect from their calculations if they want to get a true picture of how greenhouse gas emissions are warming the planet.
The good news, however, is there are things communities can do to reduce these effects. Some of which include planting large vegetated spaces and constructing ponds, which will carry heat away as water evaporates, and installing green roofs, cool roofs, and cool pavements.