“Cool Pavements” Could Reduce Urban Heat Islands in Nation’s Hottest Cities

“Cool Pavements” Could Reduce Urban Heat Islands in Nation’s Hottest Cities

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Pavement covers about 40% of America’s cities, absorbing solar radiation and creating urban heat islands. These heat islands can lead to health and environmental risks, and as seemingly unending heatwaves and drought sweep the Western U.S., they may become exceedingly dangerous. Researchers at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (MIT CSHub) are paving the […]

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California Paves Highway with Completely Recycled Materials

California Paves Highway with Completely Recycled Materials

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer A 1000-foot stretch highway in Oroville, CA was recently repaved with recycled plastic and asphalt—the first time a state department has paved a road with 100% recycled materials. This durable recycled material can combat potholes, last two to three times longer than asphalt roads, and reuse about 150,000 single-use […]

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Asphalt Could Be Releasing More Emissions Than Cars

Asphalt Could Be Releasing More Emissions Than Cars

In the heart of summer, hot asphalt in our cities radiates heat at night causing what’s known as the ubran heat island effect. But a new study published in the journal Science Advances that asphalt is releasing more than heat, it’s emitting harmful air pollutants, especially on hot and sunny days. As the New Scientist: […]

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