by Lombard Odier

Absorbing Risk: How cities are turning into flood water sponges

Cities across the world are turning themselves into vast sponges. Custom built wetlands, rooftop gardens that filter or recycle water, and porous building materials are just three ways that Sponge Cities are preparing for the water emergencies, and soaring insurance costs, brought about by climate change.

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FT Rethink is a video channel examining the spread of sustainable practices into food, financial and urban systems and supply chains - from sustainability-linked loans to green tech that alleviates climate change. It invites you to rethink how you see the world and explores the unprecedented investment opportunity. The channel alternates between independent reporting from FT journalists and business perspectives from Lombard Odier.