Melbourne Conversations: The Urban Heat Island Effect


It’s been a hot summer. But if you spent any time over the new year in the city, you may have felt even hotter. This is due to what’s called the Urban Heat Island effect. Cities have layered heat-trapping materials like concrete and glass over creeks, plants and valleys that once provided a reprieve from the heat. How can we reverse the Urban Heat Island effect, or do we have to learn to live with it? Our panel will look at solutions from around the world, and initiatives already underway right here in Melbourne.


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