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One of Europe’s Hottest Cities Is Using 1,000-Year-Old Technology to Combat Climate Change

From shade to high-tech solutions, Spain’s Seville is rolling out measures to mitigate scorching heat. 

A visitor walks across an empty square beside Seville cathedral.

A visitor walks across an empty square beside Seville cathedral.

Photographer: Marcelo del Pozo/Bloomberg

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Many Spanish kids’ childhood memories of summer are peppered with sweat, long siestas and street games around our grandmothers, who would take their foldable chairs outside as soon as the sun set, spending the coolest hours of the day chatting with neighbors and friends.