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Press Release 11-113

Air Quality Worsened by Paved Surfaces

Widespread urban development alters weather patterns

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Photo of cars on a highway with smog in the distance.

A shroud of smog hangs over Houston; its air pollution is more common in hot summer months.

Credit: NASA


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Illustration depicting how paved surfaces keep the city warmer than more natural surfaces.

Paved surfaces in the Houston area keep the city warmer than more natural surfaces.

Credit: UCAR


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Photo of Houston's downtown skyline obscured by air pollution.

The downtown Houston skyline is obscured by air pollution.

Credit: NOAA


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Photo of refinery plumes that contribute to Houston's air quality problems.

Refinery plumes like this one contribute to Houston's air quality problems.

Credit: NOAA


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