Dutch city will replace some of the asphalt with grass to soften the effects of heat and downpours

The Dutch city of Arnhem approves a 10-year redevelopment plan to help citizens better adapt to the coming climate change.

The local council decided that 10% of paved roads should be replaced with grass and green spaces, which better dissipate heat and absorb rainfall. The goal is for 90% of rainwater to be absorbed into the soil rather than flowing into storm drains..

To increase the amount shelters from the sun along the roads will also be planted with trees, and near crowded squares and shopping centers will be built special «cooling» areas with ponds and covered areas. All removed asphalt will be recycled or resold.

Dutch city will replace some of the asphalt with grass to soften the effects of heat and downpours

Since most of the Netherlands is below sea level, all the administrative centers of the country began to actively study ways to deal with the negative effects of global warming, such as increased rainfall and increased summer heat. The authorities will also provide grants to residents who suggest efficient ways to harvest rainwater or decide to install green roofs..

Recall that the EU is testing a shock-absorbing road surface that helps to avoid injuries in the event of a fall..

text: Ilya Bauer, photo: tat

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