urban heat island

Urbanization Makes the Surrounding Atmosphere Drier

Caitlin Dempsey

Researchers in southern China have analyzed the impact of urbanization on local climates, known as the urban dry island (UDI) effects.

Can Painting City Streets Reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect?

Caitlin Dempsey

The City of Los Angeles is experimenting with lowering the urban heat island effect by painting its streets a lighter color.

Map showing the urban heat island effect. Source: NASA

Vegetation Helps to Lessen the Effects of Urban Heat Islands

Elizabeth Borneman

The abundance, or lack, of vegetation in a city can have an effect on how much heat cities retain, known as the urban heat island effect.

Variation in spider size. Photo: Elizabeth Lowe

The Urban Heat Island Effect is Triggering Larger and More Spiders

Elizabeth Borneman

Researchers in Australia have found that the urban heat island effect results in larger and more abundant spiders.