Paris experienced extreme temperatures in 2003
Cities warm up faster than the rest of the earth

That the earth is warming up over the last decades (with about 0.2 °C per decade) is yesterday's news. However, a new study now shows that especially big cities warm up much faster; especially the maximum temperature of the year is rising alarmingly (0.6 °C per decade). Recent heat waves in Europe’s and Russia’s cities took a heavy toll as tens of thousands of people lost their lives due to excessive heat. The reason that cities warm up faster than other areas is sought in the abundance of heat-amplifying materials such as concrete, asphalt, steel and glass.

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