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China's Magical Smog-Eating "Forest City" Will Include Almost A Million Plants

By Maria Cook

Nearly every city in the world struggles with air pollution, but one province in China has taken a major step towards drastically reducing air pollution by planning the world's first "forest city."

The community of around 30,000 people in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China will live up to its title by integrating nearly one million plants of more than 100 different species into its urban landscape, with an additional 40,000 trees. These plants will appear along roadways and in parks as well as on the outer walls of buildings and other structures. From top to bottom, the city will be blanketed in greenery. 

The World Health Organization estimates that air pollution causes around 7 million premature deaths each year. Polluted air can contain high concentrations of CO2, which contributes to the buildup of greenhouse gasses in earth's atmosphere, leading to further climate change. According to the Numbeo Pollution Index, China is the sixth most polluted country in the world, with a pollution index of 88.96. As one might imagine, this pollution is most apparent in China's urban areas. 

It's estimated that the forest city will pack enough air-cleaning power to absorb around 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the air, along with 57 tons of pollutants every year. On top of that, around 900 tons of oxygen will be produced each year, and shade from the trees and other plants will help keep city air cool. Plant life will also serve as an effective barrier against urban noise, which can cause hearing loss and stress