From natural catastrophes to natural havens

Posted 3/28/18

After catastrophic floods in 2012, China made recovering from floods and minimizing their damage a national priority. To achieve that goal, China is creating “sponge cities” – urban areas able to absorb and hold large amounts of excess water, gradually flowing it back into nature.

Only about one-fourth of the rain falling on Chinese cities is absorbed into the ground. The rest falls on roofs and impermeable pavements, flooding homes, streets and overflowing drainage systems, forming unhealthy pools in cellars, parking lots and grassy …

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