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Heat Island Effect

  • By: Petra Zimmermann
  • In: Green Energy: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Energy Policy

A classic example of unintentionally modifying a local climate, the heat island effect was first written about in 1820. This effect refers to an atmospheric phenomenon in which the air temperatures within an urban environment are measurably higher than those of ...

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