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Nature’s air conditioner can keep you cool on a hot day—here’s how

Friday, August 12th 2022, 2:07 pm - Chill out on a hot day with this relaxing assist from nature.

Looking for a cool outdoor activity? Hanging out under trees is an effective way to stay cool this summer.

Researchers have found vegetation is a simple and effective way to reduce urban heat islands. In an urban landscape, the hard dark pavement absorbs the sun’s radiation, while the buildings reflect the sun’s heat. This can warm up a city by many more degrees than a rural setting.

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The Weather Network’s Victoria Fenn Alvarado spoke with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and Treetop Trekking to learn more about the process of evapotranspiration and how trees can naturally keep us cooler.

Watch the video above to see how a simple tree can make a sweltering day more bearable.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Mike Benna via Unsplash.

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