Heat-Island Effects on Energy, Vehicle Emission, and Sustainability Practices: Guest Post 20

Heat-Island Effects on Energy, Vehicle Emission, and Sustainability Practices in Urban and Rural Areas: video report by a journalism student at the University of Mississippi.

Guest Post 20: The following Video is contributed by Ms. Jessica Cannon who is a graduating senior in journalism at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). You can watch it on Planet Forward web site too.

Excerpts from Jessica Cannon’s research paper:

Heat-island issues are studied more often in big cities, but the reality is that the energy increase is just as visible in Oxford (Mississippi), and other rural areas around the world. When cities expand and build new infrastructures for businesses, and even expanding universities, vegetation is covered, and open land areas are lost. One can see these examples of unsustainable landuse in small cities and large cities, such as Memphis (Tennessee).

My video post is related to heat-island effects and how it is related to energy demand and carbon emissions. I asked Dr. Waheed Uddin, an engineering professor at Ole Miss, some questions about his research on heat-island effects. I also reviewed some examples of adverse impacts of landuse in cities and good examples of sustainability practices that can reduce heat-island effects.

This generation cares about sustainability, “Uddin said. Cleaner air from vegetation promotes a healthy lifestyle. “Encouraging people to grow their own vegetables and plants will work to promote a healthier life and healthier individuals,” Uddin said. Even first lady Michelle Obama invited people to the White House to plant vegetables last year. Gardening helps people be healthier and spend more quality time with their families.

My faculty adviser Dr. Kristen Swain, assistant professor of journalism at Ole Miss, coordinated the production of journalism students’ short video projects, April-May 2012.

Dr. Uddin’s note: Jessica Cannon’s video journalism is a brief and comprehensive view of heat-island effects on cities which are greatly influenced by landuse. The post provides a great message to the world about the importance of sustainability practices in landuse and presents some examples of environment-friendly solutions for cities in the United States and abroad. I commend Jessica and her journalism professor Ms. Kristen Swain for understanding this topic and their passion for sustainability practices in urban and rural life.

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