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Northern Cities Run Hot and Cold

Posted by karen-smith-murphy on January 22, 2015

You wouldn’t look at a list of the 50 coldest cities in the United States and think, “boy, I bet those cities have a real urban heat island problem” – would you?

But for several of the cities on this list, that’s exactly what’s going on. Albany, NY, and Des Moines, IA – both in fairly northern regions of the United States – made the list of coldest cities, while still suffering from significant urban heat island problems.

Friendly reminder that – even in some of the coldest regions of the world – reflective surfaces can help them address these problems, and help cities become more resilient to climate change.

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