Bellingham has become an urban heat island, climate change could hurt low income parts of the city more
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Cities are hit hard from climate change through a phenomenon known as urban heat islands.
Urban heat islands refers to how cities create a pocket of higher temperatures than their surrounding areas. This is caused by a number of factors, most common the amount of impermeable surfaces there are in the city. These surfaces, such as concrete, gravel and asphalt, absorb heat and release that heat slowly over time, Nabil Kamel, Western Washington University Chair of Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy told The Bellingham Herald in an interview.
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