Chicago's backyards may turn into oases of sustainability with a new program aimed at creating incentives for 'greener' practices in the city's private gardens.
Oct 5, 2012 Switchboard
Study suggests that light-colored roofs may reduce regional rainfall.
Oct 4, 2012 Climatewire
Cities consistently experience higher temperatures than the surrounding countryside due to the 'heat island' effect. With global warming exacerbating these effects, cities are trying to lower local contributors to urban heat.
Sep 12, 2012 NPR
With the number of days of 'extreme heat' on the rise, and dramatic increases projected, will global warming melt the Golden State?
Sep 8, 2012 Grist
Ben Welle discusses the benefits of freeway removal programs both at home and abroad, and explores what cities have done to fill the void they leave behind.
Apr 11, 2012 The City Fix
A recent study published by researchers at Stanford University shows how the heat island effect has little bearing on global warming and how painting roofs white actually may increase temperatures, writes David Malakoff for The Guardian.
Nov 3, 2011 The Guardian
As oil prices rise, so does the cost of asphalt. Concrete, historically more expensive, is now becoming a viable cost competitor. Because of its lighter shade, its also been shown to contribute less to climate change.
Jul 9, 2009 The Infrastructurist
White roofs have gained cachet as a solution to the urban heat island effect. But in places where there are more cold days than hot, a white roof that reflects warming sunlight might not make the best sense, according to this piece.
May 20, 2009 Miller-McCune
Fighting global warming could be as simple as a paint job -- a global, sun-reflecting, white-wash paint job, according to scientist Hashem Akbari.
Jan 28, 2009 Guardian
<p>In the current issue of Housing Policy Debate, Reid Ewing and Fang Rong argue that sprawling urban form contributes to higher residential energy use. Two responses -- one from Samuel Staley and another by John Randolph -- rebut the paper.</p>
May 1, 2008 Housing Policy Debate