Reuters: Shinier cities – and fields – could cut extreme heat risk: scientists

„Making cities and farm fields more reflective – including by painting buildings white or leaving more land unploughed after harvests – could reduce extreme heat by up to 3 degrees Celsius in areas where the techniques are used, scientists say. While such measures would not lower global temperatures – which are rising as a result of climate change – such simple changes could provide substantial local or regional relief on the hottest days, according to research published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience.“