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Urban Development Is Making Dallas Hotter.

This Study Says More Trees Are The Answer

  APR 18, 2018

Dallas is warming at a faster rate than any other large city in the country, besides Louisville, Kentucky and Phoenix, according to research conducted for the Texas Trees Foundation.

The foundation worked with the Urban Climate Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology to conclude that urban development is making Dallas a hotter place to live — literally.

Matt Grubisich, the foundation’s director of Operations & Urban Forestry, estimates almost 35 percent of Dallas is covered by impervious surfaces, like concrete and asphalt, which create an “urban heat island” effect.

“It can cause areas to be as much as 15 degrees warmer than more rural areas, or areas where we have more tree canopy cover,” Grubisich said.

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