2021
DOI: 10.3390/su13020753
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Abstract: The Urban Heat Islands (UHI) effect is a microclimatic phenomenon that especially affects urban areas. It is associated with significant temperature increases in the local microclimate, and may amplify heat waves. Due to their intensity, UHI causes not only thermal discomfort, but also reductions in the levels of life quality. This paper reviews the important role of green infrastructure as a means through which the intensity of UHI may be reduced, along with their negative impact on human comfort and wellbein… Show more

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“…A recent study (Leal Filho et al 2021) has shown that, due to their intensity, excessive urban heat causes not only thermal discomfort, but also reductions in the levels of life quality; and this still remains as an invisible risk in many cities (Brimicombe et al 2021) Based on the need to shed some light on the various factors that characterize urban heat, the aim of this communication is to address the impacts of urban heat on human health, presents an international study identifying current trends, and suggesting some measures to address the problem.…”
Section: Full Textmentioning
confidence: 98%
“…A recent study (Leal Filho et al 2021) has shown that, due to their intensity, excessive urban heat causes not only thermal discomfort, but also reductions in the levels of life quality; and this still remains as an invisible risk in many cities (Brimicombe et al 2021) Based on the need to shed some light on the various factors that characterize urban heat, the aim of this communication is to address the impacts of urban heat on human health, presents an international study identifying current trends, and suggesting some measures to address the problem.…”
Section: Full Textmentioning
confidence: 98%
“…Although urbanization provides many social and economic opportunities, it is regarded as one of the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century, with more than 60% of the world's population expected to live in cities by 2030, including approximately 55% and 20% of the world's poor and undernourished, respectively [29]. Furthermore, the effects of UHI have been reported to pose a significant threat to the world's growing urban societies, affecting energy consumption and increasing emissions of GHGs and air pollutants [30,31]. According to Zhu et al [32], urban areas consume roughly two-thirds of the world's energy and emit approximately 80% of GHGs, particularly CO 2 .…”
Section: The Rise Of Urban Agroecologymentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Urbanization is often accompanied by profound alteration of underlying natural surfaces such as vegetation (P W . The natural surfaces are transformed into impervious structures such as roads and buildings (Filho et al, 2021). The prevalence of impervious surfaces modifies biophysical properties such as albedo, latent heat and conductivity, thereby creating Urban Heat Island (UHI) phenomena (Oke, 1973).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%