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May 1, 2002
Urban Heat Island Summit opens
The North American Heat Island Summit opens this evening at 7 p.m. in the
Council Chamber of Metro Hall, 55 John St.

As part of the opening ceremony, Dr. David Sailor from the National Institute
for Global Environmental Change, Tulane University, will present "Urban Heat
Islands: Opportunities and Challenges for Mitigation and Adaptation."

Over the next two days, researchers, municipal leaders and practitioners from
across Canada and the United States will meet in Metro Hall to discuss
up-to-date scientific research about urban heat islands and the associated
negative impacts on our health and the environment.

May 2 - 9 to 5:30 p.m. Following registration, Councillor Joe Pantalone, the
City's Tree Advocate, will welcome delegates. Tony Ianno, MP for
Trinity-Spadina, will represent the federal government. The day's keynote
speakers include Dr. Art Rosenfeld, California Energy Commission and Dr.
Laurence Kalkstein, University of Delaware.

May 3 - 9 to 5 p.m. Keynote speakers include Alex Holt, City of Chicago; Dr.
Sheela Basrur, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health; and Councillor Ray
Tretheway, Sacramento, California.

A complete agenda is available at

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 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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