The Greek capital Athens is battling the heat
by transforming unused city plots
into bite-sized “pocket parks”
A lack of urban planning during a population boom
has led to overheating and heavy pollution over the past several decades
Temperatures in Athens can surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit
during a heatwave
(SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF ACADEMY OF ATHENS RESEARCH CENTRE FOR ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS AND CLIMATOLOGY CHRISTOS ZEREFOS SAYING: "Because of climate change we expect the temperature to rise two, even three degrees on days when there are heatwaves."
The city is planning on closing some traffic lanes
and opening bike lanes and pedestrian walks
in addition to establishing more pocket parks
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ATHENS MAYOR KOSTAS BAKOYANNIS SAYING: "It’s about creating green spaces, lowering the temperatures, giving quality of life and creating new reference points inside the city for people to come together."