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How Nature Can Help Make Our Cities More Resilient To Flooding

Jamie Hailstone of Forbes writes on how nature can make cities more resilient to flooding.

The C3 Take
  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently warned of the impact that future flooding could have on cities.
  • Cities have begun to look for ways to reduce risk by incorporating more natural infrastructure into planning.
  • Increasing the presence of green space in urban areas reduces temperatures within cities and increases the area’s ability to withstand flooding.

“In Auckland, half of the area studied by Arup was made up of green and blue spaces, which helped it achieve its high sponge rating. The only city snapshot to contain a greater proportion of green and blue spaces was Nairobi (52%), however Auckland’s more permeable soil helped to give it a higher overall ‘sponginess.'”

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