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By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted July 22, 2011 at 09:13:30

There are a lot of options here. Toronto's done a lot of good work studying them

In this kind of weather, the need for greenspace goes well beyond grass. Anywhere it isn't being thoroughly watered, lawns are now bright yellow. We need bigger and heartier plants to survive and shade the others. Trees are the most useful, because they not only provide shade and shelter, but also send deep roots underground to bring up water which has seeped out of the reach. You can create deserts by cutting down forests - that's a large part of what happened to the Middle East.

As for our buildings - it wouldn't take much work to safely cover many of them with vines - which adds a lot of summer and winter insulation. Use grapes and hops (which can grow 20cm/week), and you can cool yourself twice...

Comment edited by Undustrial on 2011-07-22 09:16:20

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