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Chris Baraniuk for BBC.


In short:

  • Cities worldwide are removing unnecessary concrete and asphalt, allowing natural elements to reclaim urban spaces.
  • Depaving efforts enhance water absorption, reduce flooding, support wildlife, and improve urban mental health.
  • The practice is increasingly seen as essential for climate adaptation, with some cities integrating it into official urban planning.

Key quote:

"Before, it was somewhere you would quickly try to walk through. Now there are places you might stop or have a chat. Sit and read the paper."

— Giuliana Casimirri, executive director of Green Venture

Why this matters:

By reintroducing nature into cities, we not only combat climate change effects like flooding and heatwaves but also enhance urban biodiversity and residents' well-being.

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