There are some lovely sections of landscaping done by Marrickville Council along the Marrickville Road shopping strip.

Marrickville Council has created some lovely sections of landscaping along the Marrickville Road shopping strip.  These gardens help to lower the urban heat island effect if there are enough of them.

Researchers from the Climate Change Research Centre of the University of NSW have found that  – “by 2050 global warming combined with Sydney’s urban heat island effect could increase temperatures by up to 3.7°C.”   

They say that new urban developments must have green spaces, trees & bodies of water to try to lessen the urban heat island effect.   New housing developments on the periphery of Sydney are most at risk of higher temperatures, however the inner suburbs of Sydney “will see likely rises of 1.1 – 2.5°C.”

Residents have planted along their fence line in a Stanmore laneway.  This hedge not only bring beauty, it also lowers the urban heat island effect.

Residents have planted along their fence line in a Stanmore laneway. This hedge not only brings beauty, it also helps lowers the urban heat island effect.

The increased density from the building of high-rise buildings also increases the urban heat island effect.  This is important for our area as Marrickville Council has plans for areas across the municipality to become high-rise apartment housing.

The researchers found that heat accumulated during the day resulted in increased nighttime temperatures.  Obviously this will lead to a higher need to use air conditioning resulting in bigger power bills.  The researchers are recommending to urban planners to incorporate more green spaces, trees & bodies of water in developments to prevent the storing of heat during the day & also allow for evaporation, which lowers nighttime temperature.

A factory between Renwick & Carey Streets Marrickville recently planted 260 plants to form a hedge.  This will help combat the heat generated from their carparks.

A factory between Renwick & Carey Streets Marrickville recently planted 260 plants to form a hedge. This will help combat the heat generated from their concrete carparks & add beauty, plus habitat.

“Not only do these help keep suburbs cooler, there is also a knock-on effect where these places gain social advantages through additional amenities & recreational areas. Quite often, leafy suburbs that contain a number of parks & bodies of water also tend to see increased real estate values. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”  See – http://bit.ly/13rsYeX

On the second day of spring, Sydney’s temperature reached 31-degrees (87.8F).  On the seventh day of spring, the temperature reached 32-degrees (89.6F).  This is summer weather.  The 7th September was the hottest September day since weather monitoring started 150-years ago.

Al Gore warned about this in 2006 saying Sydney would become a subtropical zone with weather more like Brisbane’s.  For Sydney, this is predicted to mean higher humidity, hot wet summers, drier milder winters with much less annual rainfall & a greater chance of drought.

Marrickville Council have planted a pedestrian laneway in Dulwich Hill.  Greenery like this is accumulative in helping to lower heat.

Marrickville Council have planted a pedestrian laneway in Dulwich Hill. Greenery like this is accumulative in helping to lower heat.

I don't understand why this vast area of footpath in Petersham Road does not have 2-3 trees.   It's baking hot here in summer.

I don’t understand why this vast area of footpath in Petersham Road Marrickville does not have 2-3 street trees.  It’s baking hot here in summer.

I have received a number of emails about the Frampton Street car park in Marrickville from residents concerned at the heat it generates & the general ugliness.

This is the Frampton Street car park in Marrickville.  Many residents are concerned about the heat it generates as well as the ugliness.  

 

 

 

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