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This artificial tree is capable of sucking up air pollution equivalent to 350 living trees

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Artificial trees all set to fight air pollution better.

Humans are the worst enemies of themselves. As in a bid to develop modern infrastructure and technological advancements, we have polluted the earth’s atmosphere so much that sooner or later we won’t be able to breathe here.

Well, scientists have been working various methods to control air pollution and even planning to leave Earth if it comes to that. According to a new report, now exist an artificial tree that is capable of sucking up the equivalent amount of air pollution as 368 living trees or let us say a mini forest.

Designed by a Mexican startup called BiomiTech, the towering metal structure uses micro-algae to clean carbon dioxide and other contaminants from the air, returning pure oxygen to the environment.

Measuring 4.2 meters (nearly 14 feet) tall and nearly three meters wide, the device looks something like a cross between a tree and a post-modernist high-rise, with a steel trunk that radiates rising bands of concentric metal.

“What this system does, through technology, is inhale air pollution and use biology to carry out the natural process (of photosynthesis), just like a tree,” says Jaime Ferrer, a founding partner in BiomiTech, the company behind the invention.
Mexicans know a thing or two about air pollution.

Mexico City, a sprawling urban area of more than 20 million people, regularly grinds to a halt under air pollution alerts, triggered by emissions from the capital’s more than five million cars, its polluting industries, and even the nearby Popocatepetl volcano.

Ferrer says the company’s goal is to help such cities achieve cleaner air in targeted areas — those used by pedestrians, cyclists or the elderly, for example — when planting large numbers of trees is not an option.

Well, the invention appears to be a really cool one but such efforts have now become a routine work in China, a nation which is greatly concerned by pollution and population equally. Recently, an experimental tower over 100 meters high in northern China was established which is dubbed to be the world’s biggest air purifier by its operators.

Written by Sajeel Syed
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