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30 May 2018

Increasing heat drives off clouds that dampen California wildfires

Increasing summer temperatures brought on by a combination of intensifying urbanization and warming climate are driving off once common low-lying morning clouds that shade many southern coastal areas of California, leading to increased risk of wildfires.


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7 September 2017

Heat stress escalates in cities under global warming

Heatwaves are intensifying in cities due to the double whammy of the urban heat island effect and global warming, according to a new study. By the middle of this century, Belgian cities may experience more than 17 heat wave days per year, on average, with an even greater intensity of 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) excess warming.


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6 February 2017

Greener cities could help urban plants endure summer heat

Urban plants offer city dwellers many benefits, such as improved health and decreased crime and pollution. And now we have even more reason to green our cities. A new study from the Water Sustainability and Climate project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison indicates that adding more greenery to the urban landscape could help urban vegetation cope better with the summer heat and a warming climate. In other words, the more plants in a city, the merrier they all are.


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28 May 2010

City dwellers to face more frequent hot summer nights

Warm summer nights could become baking summer nights in cities such as London, Beijing, and São Paulo, since continued pressures from urbanization and global warming will boost the “urban heat island” effect and hike up nighttime temperature lows, a new study suggests. Unless cities adapt, the poor in rapidly growing megacities of the developing world could suffer the brunt of this effect, the researchers argue. Researchers have known for nearly …


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