Trees and lawns beat the heat

In cities, humans replace the natural ground cover with roofs, pavement and other artificial materials that are impervious to water. These surfaces significantly change how the land absorbs and releases energy and cause the ...

Jeddah gets caught in the rain

Urbanization could cause 26 percent more rain to fall over Jeddah city than over the surrounding desert during storms.

Hot time in the city: Urban lizards evolve heat tolerance

Faced with a gritty landscape of metal fences, concrete walls and asphalt pavement, city lizards in Puerto Rico rapidly and repeatedly evolved better tolerance for heat than their forest counterparts, according to new research ...

Designing today's cities for tomorrow's challenges

Even if you aren't an avid gamer, chances are you've heard of SimCity. Released in 1989 and distinguished by its open-ended gameplay, SimCity gave many players their first taste of full control over a city's development, ...

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