TAG: Heat island effect

Green Roofs to Cool Cities

Green roofs in city

An oft-forgot aspect of rising temperatures is the additional increase in temperature in urban areas, known as the urban heat island effect. Essentially, concrete and pavement absorb heat and make the city hotter than the surrounding areas. Additionally, buildings absorb heat during the day, and release it at night. Of course, this heat absorption happens everywhere—it is simple science. However, the sheer amount of concrete and pavement covering the land and quantity of buildings in cities are what drive the temperatures up, inducing the heat island effect. Climate change is not the culprit for the increase in city temperature, though…. read more