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Nature-based solutions as climate change adaptation measures for rail infrastructure

Abi Palmer-Greenwood

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Tuesday 19 July was the UK's hottest day on record, with temperatures hitting a high of 40.3 degrees Celsius. Network Rail closed its East Coast and Midland Mainlines, as the rail network struggled to cope with the extreme weather. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC that it would take 'many years' to upgrade the UK's rail infrastructure to be able to cope with the heat. But could nature-based solutions provide an interim solution? In this study from the University of Glasgow, researchers present nature-based solutions as potential alternatives to current grey engineered adaptation options, and make the argument for further research into the use of green infrastructure in rail.

from sciencedirect.com

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