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Welcome to EPA's Urban Heat Island Newsroom. The Newsroom provides current news and links to news releases related to urban heat island impacts, mitigation strategies, and community initiatives. To help keep you up to date, you may also wish to sign up for EPA's Urban Heat Island Newsletter. Older stories can be found in the Newsroom Archive.

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  • Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis Researcher Publishes Results of Climate StudyExit EPA Disclaimer (February 5, 2014) – Researchers at the Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis at the University of North Georgia introduced a new framework and terminology for thinking about and studying urbanization and its effects on the climate system.

  • Houston Urban Forestry Event Focuses on Benefits of TreesExit EPA Disclaimer (February 11, 2014) – Northwest Harris County, Texas, gained more than 1,000 new trees during the Houston Area Urban Forestry Council's 2014 Tree Planting Competition. The contest is designed to help educate people on proper ways to plant trees and on the benefits of urban forestry for the community.

  • Heat Island Reduction Strategies Could Curb Warming from Urban Growth, Study FindsExit EPA Disclaimer (February 12, 2014) – Researchers examined six “megapolitan” regions in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, the Midwest, and the Mid-Atlantic to predict how much they would warm under different urban growth and development scenarios. According to the study, urban areas can offset that warming through strategies such as slowing their expansion, painting roofs white to reflect heat, or planting rooftop vegetation to cool the air.

  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources Announces Urban Forestry FundingExit EPA Disclaimer (February 19, 2014) – The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry has awarded $118,343 in federal funds to 12 cities, towns, and non-profits in Indiana for urban forestry projects, including tree inventory and analysis for management planning, new tree plantings, and education and awareness campaigns.

  • Keeping Urban Trees Healthy During DroughtExit EPA Disclaimer (February 24, 2014) – Watering and caring for urban trees during drought is important. Shaded landscapes retain soil moisture and keep the city cool, and when it does rain, a mature tree can capture thousands of gallons of rainwater in its canopy and root zone, sinking that rain into the aquifer instead of allowing it to run off into storm drains.


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