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Higher temperatures in cities can be a key driver of insect pest outbreaks on trees in urban areas.
A team of researchers has devised a new form of cooling structure that could remain cool, even when the sun is shining on it.
Large metropolitan areas could be drastically impacting the weather where you live, even if they’re hundreds of miles away, according to new information published in Nature Climate Change.
Climate instruments mounted aboard the Horizon Spirit container ship begin taking data
Imagine a world where the rooftops and pavements of every urban area are resurfaced to increase the reflection of the Sun's light rays.
On the hottest day of the New York City summer in 2011, a white roof covering was measured at 42 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the traditional black roof it was being compared to, according to a study including NASA scientists that details the first scientific results from the city's unprecedented effort to brighten rooftops and reduce its "urban heat island" effect.
A new NASA study underscores the fact that greenhouse gases generated by human activity -- not changes in solar activity -- are the primary force driving global warming.
Scientists have developed important new insight into the sensitivity of global temperature to changes in the Earth’s radiation balance over the last half million years.
An urban heat island (UHI) is a metropolitan area that is drastically warmer than its surrounding rural areas because of human activities. The phenomenon was first looked into and described by Luke Howard during the 1810s, although he wasn’t the one to name the phenomenon. The difference in temperature is normally bigger at night as opposed to during the day, and it most obvious when winds are weak. Seasonally, UHI is seen during the summer and the winter. The key cause of the urban heat...
The above image looks at the month of March for the three cycles known as Normal Phase, El-Nino, and La-Nina. The data was recorded for the city of Austin Texas. Remember this is just data for one month during these cycles. Normal: During this cycle incoming solar activity was upwards to 60% efficient for the month, producing enough solar energy that only 40% of the month would have not had strong incoming radiation. EL-Nino: This phase provided the area with an extended number of...
- Emitting flashes of light; glittering.