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Heat in the city

June 26, 2015

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More than half of us are already living in cities and this is where evermore people are going to reside in the future. The urban spaces are also where the effects of climate change are more profound.  The feeling tarmac is melting beneath the feet even when the scorching sun has set behind the skyscrapers is part of the urban heat island effect.

Crowded buildings, made of steel and concrete retain much more heat than the houses in rural places surrounded by greenery. Cities with more than a million residents are the most vulnerable, having the annual air temperature six degrees higher. On a hot summer night, however, that difference may reach staggering 22 degrees and bring the feeling there is no escape from the heat.

For those that cannot go to the beach, heading to the nearest park or strolling along the river where the breezy air is, may provide some relief.

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From → Hic Salta

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