Chicago: Green Roofs Make the City Cooler

In summer, cities are hotter than surrounding rural areas because tall buildings and paved streets soak up and hold in the sun’s heat. One way to deal with rising temperatures is to plant gardens on tops of buildings. Here is a slide show of rooftop gardens in the city of Chicago. These green oases are cooling the air, helping to reduce the need for air conditioning, soaking up rainwater, making the city beautiful, and sometimes even used for growing vegetables! You can read more about what Chicago is doing to combat climate change at the PBS News Hour website.

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