As cities grapple with the impacts of heatwaves, exacerbated by the urban heat island effect and progressively amplified by climate change impacts, green spaces can cool urban areas, as well as providing many other functions and benefits to city dwellers’ health and wellbeing, and habitat for urban biodiversity. This fact-sheet summarises the issue of UHI and provides the argument for prioritising green space.

By Dr Judy Bush -


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FACT SHEET – Mitigating urban heat with green spaces

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