The country's almost laboratory-like conditions are a perfect place to measure the effect of human urban development on temperature.
The hotter neighborhoods of Raleigh are awash in scale insects, an ominous indicator of how bug populations might swell in a globally warmer world.
White roofs help bring down the heat, but researchers worry they could also stop the rain.
Researchers are already at work turning toasty asphalt into energy cities can actually use.
Warmer temperatures help city trees grow eight times faster.
Small improvements in roof and road reflectivity are estimated to help create big reductions in carbon emissions.
An enormous ice sheet will emit cool air that will be pumped through the city of Ulan Bator
Two new reports show that the urban 'heat island' effect is not distorting climate change data