How tree planting, rain gardens, swales and permeable pavements not only control pollution but also help cool urban heat islands, mitigate flooding, recharge groundwater, beautify neighborhoods and enhance nearby property values.

How tree planting, rain gardens, swales and permeable pavements not only control pollution but also help cool urban heat islands, mitigate flooding, recharge groundwater, beautify neighborhoods and enhance nearby property values.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How urbanization affects the environment

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Urban heat islands: cooling things down with trees, green roads and fewer cars | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Urban heat islands: cooling things down with trees, green roads and fewer cars

Urban heat islands: cooling things down with trees, green roads and fewer cars | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

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Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

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A response for lowering the urban heat island effect

A response for lowering the urban heat island effect

Responding to the urban heat island: optimising the implementation of green infrastructure

Responding to the urban heat island: optimising the implementation of green infrastructure

A rooftop garden atop Chicago's City Hall, to curb what is termed the ‘urban heat island effect‘, a phenomenon created when black-top roofs and asphalt parking lots soak up heat and increase city temperatures on hot summer days.

Chicago City Hall Rooftop Garden Reduces Heat Island Effect

A rooftop garden atop Chicago's City Hall, to curb what is termed the ‘urban heat island effect‘, a phenomenon created when black-top roofs and asphalt parking lots soak up heat and increase city temperatures on hot summer days.

Researchers have documented a "park cool island" effect that partly offsets the "urban heat island" effect and could be a boon for urban wildlife. (2016-05-31)

Researchers have documented a "park cool island" effect that partly offsets the "urban heat island" effect and could be a boon for urban wildlife. (2016-05-31)

Green Infrastructure Tool Kit.  Broadly called “green infrastructure,” this new set of strategies seeks to manage stormwater, reduce urban heat island effects, improve air quality, and promote economic development and other sustainability goals. Green infrastructure provides an attractive alternative to traditional concrete (or “gray”) infrastructure by making paved and hard surfaces vegetated or permeable.

Green Infrastructure Tool Kit. Broadly called “green infrastructure,” this new set of strategies seeks to manage stormwater, reduce urban heat island effects, improve air quality, and promote economic development and other sustainability goals. Green infrastructure provides an attractive alternative to traditional concrete (or “gray”) infrastructure by making paved and hard surfaces vegetated or permeable.

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