Heat island effect
If you thought last year’s heat waves were bad, brace yourself because there’s a good chance things are going to become even more intense. According to a new study, cities could become warmer by as much as 8°C (14.4°F) by 2100. But there's a solution to this and it begins in your neighborhood.
Of all the scenarios you'd want to find yourself in during a heatwave, being barefoot on a hot tin roof would be toward the bottom of the list. But scientists have developed a material said to keep a rooftop cooler than the air that surrounds it, saving energy and sweating residents in the process.