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April 25, 2002
International summit on urban heat
  
Toronto Atmospheric Fund -- From May 1 to 4, researchers, municipal leaders and
practitioners from across Canada and the United States will gather in Toronto
for the North American Urban Heat Island Summit to discuss the most recent
information and new approaches to heat island adaptation and mitigation
measures.

Heat islands form as pavement, buildings and other structures replace natural
vegetation. These artificial surfaces absorb the sun's heat, causing surface
and air temperatures to rise. The result is higher urban air temperatures --
approximately 4°C higher than the surrounding countryside.

The Summit will focus on action -- the best practices, initiatives and policies
in both countries -- and on sharing up-to-date scientific research concerning
urban heat islands and associated negative health and environmental impacts.

The North American Urban Heat Island Summit will be held in the Council Chamber
of Metro Hall, 55 John St. For registration information please visit the Summit
Web site at www.city.toronto.on.ca
/taf/uhis_summit.htm
.

May 1 - 7 to 9:30 p.m. There will be an opening ceremony and presentation by
Dr. David Sailor, National Institute for Global Environmental Change, Tulane
University.

May 2 - 9 to 5:30 p.m. Climate change and urban adaptation issues are
presented, and discussions held on the latest urban heat island and health
research. Keynote speakers include Dr. Art Rosenfeld, California Energy
Commission and Dr. Laurence Kalkstein, University of Delaware.

May 3 - 9 to 5 p.m. Topics examine research applications, highlighting
solutions and best practices in urban heat island mitigation and adaptation.
Keynote speakers include Alex Holt, City of Chicago; Dr. Sheela Basrur,
Toronto's Medical Officer of Health; and Councillor Ray Tretheway, Sacramento,
California.

The Toronto Atmospheric Fund and the Clean Air Partnership are hosting the
summit with support from the Government of Canada's Climate Change Action Fund,
Health Canada and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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