These "sponge city" designs resist floods and increase biodiversity to help us adapt to a changing climate.
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From rising sea levels in Mumbai to unbearable heat in Houston, cities around the world are feeling the effects of climate change. Unfortunately, they don’t always have the right infrastructure to handle its impacts — which is one reason why cities are beginning to reimagine urban design. One of these designs is a “sponge city.”
Although one city design certainly won’t save us from the effects of climate change, “sponge cities” can help with how we live with it.
Here are some studies and articles we used to inform our reporting:
Biodiversity — our strongest natural defense against climate change: https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/science/climate-issues/biodiversity
Sponge City, Shenzhen Explores the Benefits of Designing with Nature: https://www.lincolninst.edu/publications/articles/sponge-city-shenzhen-explores-benefits-designing-with-nature
Sponge City Practices in China: From Pilot Exploration to Systemic Demonstration: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/14/10/1531
The ocean is rising — and so is Miami’s skyline: https://www.vox.com/climate/23872640/coastal-climate-ocean-rising-miami-florida-building
Sponge Cities: Integrating Green and Gray Infrastructure to Build Climate Change Resilience in the People’s Republic of China: https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/838386/adb-brief-222-sponge-cities-prc.pdf
How Is Climate Change Affecting Floods?: https://www.nytimes.com/article/flooding-climate-change.html
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