Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future

August 16th, 2012 § 0 comments

It seems to me that Phoenix is the epitome of how not to build a city. It’s in the middle of the desert, spread out and getting hotter. Not only do these factors contribute to climate change but it’s effectively creating its own heat.

Phoenix actually suffers from two heat problems. One is a product of growth. Desert nights don’t cool down they way they used to, because energy from the sun is trapped in roads and buildings, a phenomenon researchers call the “urban heat island effect.”

Yeah, it’s basically a heat source in the desert. Genius. The question is not will this be a ghost city in 2050, the question is whether it will be the first American city to fall prey to global warming. Houston, which is larger than Massachusetts, is certainly in the running to claim that dubious distinction.

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