Study: Lack of Vegetation Heats Up Low-income Neighborhoods

…from statepress.com

“The wealth of a neighborhood could influence the outdoor temperature of the area, according to a study to be released in October by ASU researchers.

“The study, titled “Geospatial Contributions to Urban Hazard and Disaster Analysis,” is part of a project that began in September 2008 with a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

“Results from the study show that an abundance of vegetation in wealthier neighborhoods helps cool down the area, while a lack of vegetation in low-income neighborhoods creates “heat islands,” said Sharon Harlan, an associate professor with the School of Human Evolution and Social Change who contributed to the study.”

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