“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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Heat Wave Broils Southern Half of the Country

Heat Wave Broils Southern Half of the Country

We told you earlier this month that Phoenix had broken its record for the most days of 110 degrees or higher — and they just keep wracking them up.  The city has now had 50 days when the temperature reached 110 degrees or more, shattering the old record of 33.  And now the Gulf states are also experiencing record hot temps this week.

Why This Matters:  Heat waves in the summer in the south and southwest seem like par for the course.  But they are actually getting worse and are more deadly than other severe weather.

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