Are Cities Changing Local And Global Climates?

Urban areas, with all their asphalt, buildings, and aerosols, are impacting local and global climates.
December 15, 2003, 1pm PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"New evidence from satellites, models, and ground observations reveal urban areas, with all their asphalt, buildings, and aerosols, are impacting local and possibly global climate processes. This is according to some of the world's top scientists convening in a special session at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco... Cities tend to be one to 10 degrees Fahrenheit (0.56 to 5.6 degrees Celsius) warmer than surrounding suburbs and rural areas. Warming from urban heat islands, the varied heights of urban structures that alter winds, and interactions with sea breezes are believed to be the primary causes for the findings in a coastal city like Houston."

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Published on Thursday, December 11, 2003 in Gomez.com
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