Have you ever walked down a city street in the winter and almost been blown off your feet by freezing wind? Well, it’s the result of man-made street canyons. Towering buildings lining city avenues cause conditions like elevated temperatures, wind vortexes – and conditions that are a lot worse for our health. Cheddar explores why street canyons aren’t just an annoyance.
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2: American Thoracic Society: https://www.thoracic.org/about/newsroom/press-releases/conference/2019/health-of-the-air2.pdf
3: MIT: http://web.mit.edu/nature/archive/student_projects/2009/jcalamia/Frame/05_cany onwind.html
4: Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology: https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/full/10.1175/1520-0450%282000%29039%3C1592%3AALMOUS%3E2.0.CO%3B2
5: MIT: http://web.mit.edu/nature/archive/student_projects/2009/jcalamia/Frame/05_canyonwind.html
6: Environmental Health Perspectives: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3553448/
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