Parking Lots And Climate Change

Even seemingly benign land uses may contribute to global climate change, perhaps more than the carbon dioxide, the leading suspect.
February 5, 2004, 9am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Do massive asphalt and concrete 'urban heat islands' like Houston or Atlanta really help ratchet up the global thermostat? What about huge tracts of farmland like those that span the Midwest?... [A] growing number of atmospheric scientists taking a hard look at parking lots? Because, they say, land-use changes have at least as much, and perhaps even greater, impact on climate change than CO2. It's a radical idea that has heated up the scientific community and is prompting a wider look at the forces behind climate change. The effect on public policy could be enormous."

Thanks to Dan Houston

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Published on Thursday, February 5, 2004 in The Christian Science Monitor
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