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Houston and other urban areas experience warm temperatures because of high concentrations of heat-absorbing surfaces, lack of vegetation and proximity to heat sources like cars and factories. These conditions create the “urban heat island effect,” which can cause illness and affect people's quality of life. Strategies to cool heat islands include increasing green spaces. (Unsplash/flyingqubit)