Bloomberg: How One Los Angeles Neighborhood Is Guarding Against Deadly Heat
Pacoima is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, with temperatures regularly exceeding 100ºF during the summer. But as Bloomberg‘s Todd Woody reports, GAF’s StreetBond pavement coatings is providing relief by reflecting solar radiation:
“The coating is being applied to nearly 1 million square feet of roads, playgrounds and parking lots in a 10-block-area around the park. About 7,300 people live within a half mile.
“The first-of-its-kind project aims to lower the ambient air temperature in Pacoima — a lower-income, primarily Latino community — as climate-driven heat waves become more frequent and intense in Southern California. A 2020 study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters found that the use of such coatings in two Los Angeles neighborhoods decreased pavement temperatures up to 10°. That’s important, as heat absorbed by roads and other surfaces during the day is released at night, keeping temperatures elevated.”
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