LA tests pavement paint to cut down urban heat

Aug 15, 2017, 7:42 AM EDT
(Source: Damian Gadal/flickr)
(Source: Damian Gadal/flickr)

Amid myriads of efforts aimed at combating the rising global temperatures, Los Angeles is testing a relatively simple but effective technique to beat the urban heat.

The city, where temperatures easily soar to 38 degrees Celsius during summers, is painting its pavements with a grey coating that unlike black asphalt reflects almost entire sun rays, thus dramatically cool off the ground, writes Seeker.

The “heat island effect” produced by huge belts of asphalt freeways, roads, parking lots and roofs has driven up average temperature in Los Angeles by 5 degrees Celsius over the last 100 years, notes Los Angeles Daily News.