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Pat Shingleton: "Urban Heat, Suburban Heat"

3 years 2 weeks 3 days ago October 09, 2013 Oct 9, 2013 Wednesday, October 09 2013 October 09, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography recently determined that heat generated and trapped in the inner city is causing heat thousands of miles away. Scientists used a computer model for global climate to analyze the urban heat island effect. The formula incorporated heat generated by cars and heat used to power buildings which was integrated into a model for hundreds of years. The results indicated that heat generated by major cities along the East Coast caused winter warming across large areas of North America. Additional models displayed a similar pattern in Asia where heat waste from populated areas caused warming in sections of Russia, China and Asia. While locations in North America and Asia heated-up, parts of Europe cooled.

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