Climate Change Cost For Cities Double That For Rest Of The World, Because Of ‘Heat Island’ Effect
The following is an excerpt from HIMANSHU GOENKA | May 29, 2017 | ibtimes.com |
An analysis of the impact of climate change on almost 1,700 cities around the world showed that cost for cities to deal with the increasing effects of a warming planet is more than twice the amount spent by the rest of the world. A big part of the reason in this discrepancy is the turning of urban areas into what the analyst-researchers call “heat islands.”
These heat islands form when heat-trapping materials, like concrete and asphalt, replace natural surfaces like grass and water. The heat produced by vehicular traffic and air conditioners also contributes to the effect. The study’s authors — from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Vrije University Amsterdam — said these factors will likely add another two degrees, on top of global warming estimates, to urban areas by 2050.
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