This map shows 2018 canopy cover data layered on top of heat index data obtained from a study conducted by IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute. The red areas represent the hottest areas in Bloomington. There is a clear pattern between lack of trees and islands of heat. Urban heat islands are areas that are significantly hotter than others. Trees can help lower temperatures in heat islands and reduce health risks associated with them, such as heat exhaustion, respiratory difficulties, and exacerbation of other preexisting chronic illnesses.

Ron Eid
Publisher at Limestone Post
Ron Eid started Limestone Post Magazine with Lynae Sowinski in 2015 as an online publication featuring long-form stories about the arts, outdoors, social issues, and a variety of other topics relevant to Bloomington and south-central Indiana. An award-winning writer and editor, Ron has written feature stories about the arts, culture, sports, business, and adventure travel for publications across the country. He can be reached at [email protected]