One Million People To Fight Heat Islands In Japan

Under a nationwide campaign, nonprofit groups and the Japanese government hope to get one million people to dump water on city streets in August.
July 22, 2004, 1pm PDT | Jeffrey Goodman
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Called uchimizu, the practice of sprinkling water on the ground, the national effort to combat 'the heat island effect' is in its second year. Last year, 300,000 turned out to scoop water into the street, lowering the temperature by one degree Celsius. People are encouraged to use waste water and at least one official said uchimizu is a wonderful way "to get reacquainted with one's neighbors." Every major city, and many outlying prefectures, will hold an event.

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Published on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 in Daily Yomiuri
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