Posted: Oct 8, 2013 6:32 PM 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.