One Million People To Fight Heat Islands In Japan
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.
Thanks to Jeffrey Goodman