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A Tree Fell On The National Mall, And We All Heard About It | WAMU

May 16, 2019
  • D.C. Policy Center

On May 16, 2019, Fellow Randy Smith’s report on urban heat islands in D.C. was cited by WAMU:

In 2015, the D.C. Policy Center studied a satellite image that showed neighborhoods with little tree cover like Ivy City and Trinidad recorded temperatures of 102 degrees, while areas like Rock Creek Park recorded 76 degrees.

This could have major effects on public health. Heat kills more people than any other weather-related event, including floods, tornados, or hurricanes. And the effects of climate change mean that temperatures will continue to rise.

Read more: A Tree Fell On The National Mall, And We All Heard About It | WAMU

Related: D.C.’s heat islands | D.C. Policy Center



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