29 Nov '15, 11am

Rooftop gardens battle global warming in the US

Rooftop gardens battle global warming in the US

WASHINGTON: To fight global warming, major US cities have been using "green roofs", which transform the tops of urban buildings into gardens. The hardy collection of plants, flowers and trees, offer peaceful respite from the city, and also help to reduce the building’s energy use and absorb rainwater. This would prevent gallons from flowing into the city’s overburdened sewer system. "Storm water run-off in urban and suburban environments is the number one source of water pollution," said Ms Nancy Somerville from the American Society of Landscape Architects. The American Society of Landscape Architects also said roofs like these save the environment and save money. "Green roofs are really an extraordinary opportunity for cities because as we built our cities and communities, we took out nature. We replaced it with hardscape and with buildings and when we did that we lost al...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/rooftop-gardens...

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