LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– As temperatures continue to rise in the Valley, the City of Las Vegas plans to plant 60,000 trees by 2050, as part of its 2050 Master Plan.
In a series of tweets from the city of Las Vegas, high heat, especially in urban areas, was the hot topic. A photo of an urban heat map captured by NASA revealed that areas with lots of concrete and asphalt, with little shade and vegetation, can reach temperatures as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to data from central climateLas Vegas has seen the second largest increase in average summer temperatures since 1970. Reno has seen the highest.
For this reason, the city, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas Life, created the Tree Initiative.
Along with additional water conservation efforts, adopting tree canopies in urban areas will help ward off some of the worst effects of heat.