Climate change is a much discussed topic all over the world. It is the cities in which the effects of global warming are seen the most.
‘Urban heat island effect‘ is a term which is getting popular these days. The effect refers to the pockets of immense heat which is captured by the concrete, dark roofs, asphalt and dearth of foliage. This easily defines the cityscapes in America.
According to experts, Los Angeles which is surrounded by desert and covered in thousands of miles of asphalt can be called termed as the poster of child of this effect.
As a result of this, city officials are looking at innovative ways to tackle the record-breaking rise in temperatures.
As per Los Angeles Times, the mayor of the city Eric Garcetti D, aims to decrease the average temperature of the city by 3 degrees over the next 20 years.
One of the innovative ways involve coating Los Angeles’ streets in a substance known as Coolseal. Coolseal is a gray coating which is designed to reflect solar rays. The material is used to hide the planes from the spy satellites.
City officials have said that it has started delivering the results.
It is being reported that the coating was tested for the first time on a parking lot in the San Fernando Valley in 2015. It is one of the hottest parts of the town.
As a matter of fact, the summer temperatures have increased to a great extent. It used to earlier average in the upper 80s but now has escalated above 100 degrees many times in the last year.