Urban Heat Island

In Greenland, an Urban Heat Island Is Growing Fast

The country's almost laboratory-like conditions are a perfect place to measure the effect of human urban development on temperature.

The Urban Heat Island Could Be Attracting Bugs

The hotter neighborhoods of Raleigh are awash in scale insects, an ominous indicator of how bug populations might swell in a globally warmer world.

Minimizing the Urban Heat Island Effect Could Reduce Rainfall

White roofs help bring down the heat, but researchers worry they could also stop the rain.

Instead of Lamenting the Urban Heat Island Effect, Why Don’t We Harness It?

Researchers are already at work turning toasty asphalt into energy cities can actually use.

Urban Heat Island Effect Upside: It Can Be Good for Trees

Warmer temperatures help city trees grow eight times faster.

Just a Fraction More White Roofs Could Have a Huge Global Impact

Small improvements in roof and road reflectivity are estimated to help create big reductions in carbon emissions.

Mongolian City to Build an Artificial Glacier for Air Conditioning

An enormous ice sheet will emit cool air that will be pumped through the city of Ulan Bator

Debunking the Impact of City Heat on Global Warming

Two new reports show that the urban 'heat island' effect is not distorting climate change data