This article discusses how climate change will heat up cities and rural areas differently,
Climate change isn’t the only thing that will be heating up cities in the future — urbanization hikes temperatures too.
A new study led by a University of Guelph researcher looks at how climate change will affect urban and rural areas differently, finding both good news and bad news.
The good news, according to the study led by Scott Krayenhoff, an assistant professor of environmental sciences at the Ontario University, is that climate change appears to reduce the temperature boost from urbanization, known as the “urban heat island effect.”
The bad news is the combined heating effects of climate change and urbanization can’t be cancelled out by adapting urban design for a warmer climate, especially when it comes to nighttime warming, says a report on the study published this week in Nature Climate Change.