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Green rooftops will soon be sprouting up across France, thanks to a new law passed in March.

New buildings in the country’s commercial zones—think shops, offices, and restaurants—must now have either solar panels or green roofs, meaning a growing medium such as soil and a covering of vegetation.

The new rooftop vegetation will provide habitat for birds, absorb airborne pollutants, reduce sewer overflow by retaining rainwater, and reduce the urban heat island effect whereby high concentrations of concrete buildings and asphalt increase air temperature. Green roofs could even improve worker productivity, with a recent study by the University of Melbourne finding that participants who took a 40-second break to look at a green roof were more focused and accurate when they got back to work compared to those who viewed a concrete roof.

Read the full article at Yes! Magazine

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