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The city has ambitious plans to plant 3 million new trees by 2030 a move that experts say could offer relief from the city's muggy, sometimes tropical weather.Milan officials estimate the program to boost the number of trees by 30 percent in the broader metropolitan area will absorb an additional 5 million tons of carbon dioxide a year four-fifths of the total produced by Milan and reduce harmful PM10 small particulates by 3,000 tons over a decade.Significantly, it would also reduce temperatures in the city by 2 degrees Celsius, they say.By 2030, Milan hopes to increase that green canopy number to between 17 and 20 percent.City statistics show that Milan endures 35 tropical nights a year.The project to make Milan greener includes an ambitious plan to transform a disused freight railway network into a series of seven parks, with 25,000 new trees every year.The shade provided by the 800 trees, 4,500 shrubs and 15,000 plants mean that residents rarely have to put on air conditioning, even during the peak of Milan's clammy summers.
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