It’s no secret that asphalt, concrete and shingled roofs absorb more heat from the sun than trees, leading to the urban ‘heat island’ effect, and it accounts for higher temperatures in cities as compared to the countryside, often by several degrees.
This can be crippling for residents during seasonal heat waves, which are only getting more intense, due to the effects of climate change.
In fact, heat waves kill more people than any other extreme weather event: more than tornados, hurricanes, and even floods. Which is why scientists are coming up with novel, new designs to help keep temperatures down in Singapore.
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