Synthetic trees could purify air

By Dave

I love technology so much, but fake trees to clean the air? I think it is an interesting idea, and I do agree that we need something to work on cleaning the air that our parents and grand parents so nicely polluted for us.

Normally I would say “Plant a tree”, but this technology is upwards of 1000x better than a natural tree.

A scientist has invented an artificial tree designed to do the job of plants.

But the synthetic tree proposed by Dr Klaus Lackner does not much resemble the leafy variety.

“It looks like a goal post with Venetian blinds,” said the Columbia University physicist, referring to his sketch at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Denver, Colorado.

But the synthetic tree would do the job of a real tree, he said. It would draw carbon dioxide out of the air, as plants do during photosynthesis, but retain the carbon and not release oxygen.

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