B‰’more Cool: Monitoring the Urban Heat Island at High Density for Health and Urban Design

EarthzineIn-Depth, Original, Socioeconomic Benefits 2016, Themed Articles

The B‰’more Cool initiative is exploring patterns of heat exposure and impact across Baltimore, Maryland, åÊand evaluating active and proposed mitigation and adaptation interventions. Extreme heat is the deadliest form of climate hazard in the United States today, killing an average of 600 people per year [1]. These deaths are almost entirely preventable; however, the frequency and intensity of heat … Read More

B’more Cool: Monitoring the Urban Heat Island at High Density for Health and Urban Design

EarthzineOriginal, Socioeconomic Benefits 2016

The B’more Cool initiative is exploring patterns of heat exposure and impact across Baltimore, Maryland,  and evaluating active and proposed mitigation and adaptation interventions. Extreme heat is the deadliest form of climate hazard in the United States today, killing an average of 600 people per year [1]. These deaths are almost entirely preventable; however, the frequency and intensity of heat … Read More

The Trouble with Trees: Volatile Organic Compounds Exacerbate Climate Change and Air Pollution

EarthzineIn-Depth, Original, Socioeconomic Benefits 2016, Themed Articles

Scientists are using sophisticated emission models and monitoring techniques to better understand the relationship between volatile organic compound production, climate change, and air pollution. As rainforests are cut down and replaced with isoprene-emitting oil palm plantations, data suggest that genetically modified trees may provide a hopeful alternative.

Mapping for a Healthier World

EarthzineOriginal, Socioeconomic Benefits 2016, Themed Articles

Organizations such as Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and HealthMap are creating products using volunteer-provided local information and more to equip individuals and humanitarian efforts with tools that can be used to fight the spread of disease. Imagine being dropped in the middle of a place you have never visited. You must find your way to crucial meetings throughout town, but your … Read More