Politico (with WFPL's Erica Peterson) Puts Focus on Louisville and Urban Heat Islands
Politico on Tuesday took a deep look at urban heat islands, an issue that has gotten increasing focus particularly in Louisville—because studies show that the city's heat struggles are particularly worrisome. Urban heat islands are when city centers get hotter than surrounding areas. Erica Peterson has reported on theurban heat island effectfor WFPL, and she is also the author of Politico's story. Erica writes:
You can read the full story here. The Politico piece sums up the issues urban heat islands create, particularly the hazards to people's health. The story also points out the steps, such as a focus on planting more trees, that Louisville is taking to address the issue. As Erica has previously reported for WFPL, more trees could go a long way to curbing the urban heat island effect in Louisville.
But Erica's story for Politico notes that the addition of trees to downtown Louisville wouldn't completely reverse the issue. She writes: