Today’s Solutions: February 06, 2023

At The Optimist Daily, we’re here to bring you solutions. It’s what we do. But when we offer solutions and they don’t pan out like expected, we recognize the importance of relaying that information. The following is one of those cases.

Many cities in warmer climates have been painting streets with an asphalt mixture called CoolSeal, a white coating that supposedly lowers air temperatures by reflecting the energy from sunlight, rather than storing it and converting it into heat. Los Angeles, like many other cities, is trying to cool down, and city officials have been counting on cool pavements as part of the solution. But according to the latest research, cool pavement might actually be making people feel much warmer.

Using an elaborate heat sensor, researchers discovered that the reflected sunlight hadn’t disappeared – rather, it was being absorbed by people. That means that on a hot, dry day, a person could feel more than 7 degrees warmer on a “cool pavement”, as the reflective roads are called, as opposed to a normal blacktop. Unfortunately, it seems this tool, to help solve the problem of urban heat islands, has an unwelcome side effect

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

What is NEAT and why is it more effective for weight loss than exercise?

"Non-exercise activity thermogenesis," also known as NEAT, is a fancy term for the energy you expend during the day whenever you’re not sleeping, eating, or ...

Read More

These are the 20 best cities world-wide for mental wellbeing

Thanks to modern technology, the world, though still so vast, has for many become smaller. Thanks to these advances, you can wake up in ...

Read More

This gigantic vertical greenhouse uses 100% natural light

Vertical farming is an amazing solution that allows us to grow fresh produce using a fraction of the water and land that traditional agriculture ...

Read More

The many benefits of cultivating intergenerational friendships

Humans tend to gravitate towards or become friends with people our age due to our experiences in school and work. As we age together ...

Read More