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Debunking myths: 5 things to know about green infrastructure

By Suzanne Ozment and Irene Rehberger Bescos More than 600 million people lack clean drinking water. Drought affects more than 35 million every year. And by 2050, 1.3 billion people will live in flood-prone areas. Most people think that building dams, water treatment plants and other infrastructure is the only solution for these problems—but that’s only because they haven’t considered the many benefits of green infrastructure. Green infrastructure like healthy forests, wetlands and coral reefs can cheaply and effectively enhance the performance of traditional built, or “gray infrastructure.” For example, green roofs can capture rainwater, reducing flooding and stress […]

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