Urban Heat Island Conference Report

The Texas Trees Foundation hosted a half day conference about the Urban Heat Island Effect featuring a keynote by Dr. Brian Stone, author of The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places we Live (for a short review of that book see earlier post, How I Got Religion on Trees).  Download my report of the conference: TX Trees Fdn Urban Heat Conf Report.  We also heard from Dr. Robert Haley about the public health impacts of climate change; from David Hitchcock about the Dallas urban heat island study; and from Matt Grubisich about green infrastructure.

How I Got Religion on Trees

Reviewed: The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone, Jr. (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Cities are heating up at double the rate of global climate change, with major implications for human health.  Managing urban heat is just as important a response to climate change as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the benefits will be felt much sooner.  Cities should prioritize strategies that reduce both heat and greenhouse gas emissions, and trees are at the top of that priority list.

Those are some of the key messages in The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone, Jr.  Stone is an Associate Professor in the City and Regional Planning Program of the Georgia Institute of Technology and an expert in the urban heat island effect: land-use changes that are producing higher temperatures in cities than in the surrounding countryside.

Read my book review: How I Got Religion on Trees