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Canberra’s leafy suburbs 7 degrees cooler than treeless hell?

By johnboy - 15 January 2014 26

New Scientist has an article on Australian climate policy (no, this is not an excuse for the nutters on both sides to break free, you know who you are) which contains an interesting aside about Canberra:

In an as-yet-unpublished study, Hanna and her colleagues found that older suburbs in Canberra with more trees were up to 7 °C cooler than newer, less leafy suburbs.

There are downsides to ancient three bed ex-govvies in the inner suburbs, but there are certainly some upsides!

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shauno 2:58 pm 16 Jan 14

wont some one think of the solar panels we love our sun

HiddenDragon 2:44 pm 16 Jan 14

poetix said :

At the risk of saying ‘how about this heat?’ I would point out that my *two* bedroom house is cooler than absolutely nowhere today.

Including Mercury.

Trees can only do so much.

AIS pool is calling.

Yes – unless trees are sufficiently large, and close to the house (and in the right position) they don’t make that much difference to the heat inside – and once the sun is down, little difference at all.

poetix 2:43 pm 16 Jan 14

Tempestas said :

The really interesting bit here is that it would suggest that using deciduous trees for street trees is the better outcome for livability of an urban environment.

Plenty of main roads and nature parks where native ever greys can be planted, suburban streets should have deciduous trees as far as possible.

The cultural cringe against exotic trees needs to end. Street trees should provide shade in summer not heavy branch’s that fall off as it’s a bit hot/dry.

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