Greener cities are cooler cities in summer: new guide reveals how…
Australian councils are being urged to take up new guidelines in green urban planning to create cooler cites with greener landscapes to reduce the risk of heat stress.
Australia is experiencing a trend of hotter temperatures and as a result heat stress is now a serious health problem for Australians who live in urban areas. Research published in the Journal of Landscape and Urban planning, led by the University of Melbourne suggest interventions to cool our urban hot spots using features like green facades.
Guideline author Dr Nick Williams from Resource Management and Geography said, “Our research has developed a framework for better urban green infrastructure that can reduce urban air and surface temperatures.”