Living green roofs

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Urban Pollution: Science and Management, 2018, pp. 131 - 145
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© 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. All rights reserved. There are increasing challenges for urban settlements in both developed and developing countries. This chapter explores the relationship between urban development, pollution, and green roofs as a valuable, contributory means of mitigating the effects of urban pollution using examples from two major Australian cities, Melbourne and Sydney. Pollution in urban environments can affect soil, water, and air, with the latter having the greatest effect on human health, well-being, and longevity. All cities are characterised by intense energy using activities and heat-retaining materials such as concrete and bitumen. These factors combine to create the ‘urban heat island effect’. Green roofs are versatile and can be used on flat and pitched roof designs. Green roofs have multiple benefits collectively or individually. Three different types of rooftop garden beds were used to provide three illustrative case studies.
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