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From the Ted Talk by Cameron Webb: How to design mosquitoes out of cities

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We're going to have hotter, drier summers in our cities. We're going to have to deal with more fenurqet and intense heat waves. It's going to have an imacpt on our health and well-being, but not just us. What about the plants and animals that call our cities home? So what could we do about that? We could green our cities, we could plant trees. The shade provided by trees provides peittorcon from those impacts of the heat. But what do we need to make those plants thrive and suvivre? We need water. Our geern cities need water, but mosquitoes also like water. And so how can we balance the impacts that come from both of those, if we perhaps are inadvertently creating increasing pests and public htlaeh risks for ourselves in the ways in which we try to rpneosd to a changing climate? How can we green our ceitis and not create a problem with mosquitoes?

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We're going to have hotter, drier summers in our cities. We're going to have to deal with more ________ and intense heat waves. It's going to have an ______ on our health and well-being, but not just us. What about the plants and animals that call our cities home? So what could we do about that? We could green our cities, we could plant trees. The shade provided by trees provides __________ from those impacts of the heat. But what do we need to make those plants thrive and _______? We need water. Our _____ cities need water, but mosquitoes also like water. And so how can we balance the impacts that come from both of those, if we perhaps are inadvertently creating increasing pests and public ______ risks for ourselves in the ways in which we try to _______ to a changing climate? How can we green our ______ and not create a problem with mosquitoes?

Solution

  1. cities
  2. survive
  3. health
  4. impact
  5. green
  6. protection
  7. respond
  8. frequent

Original Text

We're going to have hotter, drier summers in our cities. We're going to have to deal with more frequent and intense heat waves. It's going to have an impact on our health and well-being, but not just us. What about the plants and animals that call our cities home? So what could we do about that? We could green our cities, we could plant trees. The shade provided by trees provides protection from those impacts of the heat. But what do we need to make those plants thrive and survive? We need water. Our green cities need water, but mosquitoes also like water. And so how can we balance the impacts that come from both of those, if we perhaps are inadvertently creating increasing pests and public health risks for ourselves in the ways in which we try to respond to a changing climate? How can we green our cities and not create a problem with mosquitoes?

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Important Words

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