Dutch city will replace some of the asphalt with grass to soften the effects of heat and rainfall
The Dutch city of Arnhem has approved a 10-year redevelopment plan that will 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 that better dissipate heat and absorb rainfall. The goal is for 90% of the rainwater to be absorbed into the soil rather than flowing into the storm drain.
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To increase the number of shelters from the sun, trees will also be planted along the roads, and special “cooling” zones with ponds and covered areas will be built near crowded squares and shopping centers. All the asphalt removed during this process will be recycled or resold.
Since most of the Netherlands is below sea level, all the country’s administrative centers have begun to actively explore ways to combat the negative effects of global warming, such as increased precipitation 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.