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  • Greening of Chicago Starts at the Top Floor
    08/10/2006 9:47AM
    This is a topic I've been thinking about alot recently. Global warming researchers seem to focus exclusively on CO2 concentrations. Few people are talking about localized warming due to the effects of all this tar, asphalt and concrete. It seems to me that in addition to sequestering CO2, planting trees and other greenery would do a great deal to offset localized warming.

    According to the Washington Post:

    "Since Daley began investing tax dollars in greening the city, Chicago has planted as many as 400,000 trees, according to city spokesmen. It employs more arborists than any city in the country. There are 2.5 million square feet of green roofs completed or under construction, boosted by expedited permitting and density bonuses for developers who embrace the concept."

    You can read the full article here.
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    09/10/2006 10:21PM
    Back in the old days, Washington, DC used to be known as the &quot;green city&quot; or &quot;garden city&quot; ( not sure which, exactly).&nbsp; There were beautiful elms lining the streets, providing shade and shelter from the sun and heat when there was no air conditioning.&nbsp; It makes a big difference!&nbsp; The cities are not the only culprits in this respect; suburban shopping center parking lots are just as bad.&nbsp; Back when I lived in the DC area, in the summer I would prefer to shop at malls where I could park in the shade so my car wouldn't bake in the sun, but the same prinicpal is at work in the general cooking of the atmosphere.&nbsp; Call me a tree hugger, but more trees is better!<br /><br />
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