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Hot Town – Summer in the (Twin) Cities

Posted by karen-smith-murphy on May 6, 2014

Climate change and the urban heat island effect are heating things up in cities around the world.  That’s not surprising in places like Los Angeles and Atlanta, but they’re finding it too hot to handle in northern cities as well.

Researchers are collecting data on urban temperatures in Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota (Twin Cities), and they’re finding cooler temperatures in areas with more vegetation and reflective surfaces.  They’re hoping this data will help them map out strategies for mitigating the effects of climate change in northern climates.  Part of their strategy includes installing more green and white rooftops and planting trees throughout the Twin Cities.

A National Science Foundation grant will help set up studies in other cities around the country to measure the urban heat island effect.

You can read more about it at:
Can’t take the heat? Get out of the city

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