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'Sponge Cities' Combat Floods By Replacing Cement With Wetlands

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Climate change is forcing huge shifts in how city planners deal with rising waters. A district in Shanghai known as Lingang was renamed Nanhui New City as architects and government agencies work to change the area into a space that could absorb water in times of flooding. 

The Guardian reports that such locations are known as "sponge cities," and they're becoming a more popular alternative to other more traditional forms of flooding protecting, and becoming far more positive for the environment than ever before.