China to build two “Vertical Forest” buildings that will combat the country’s air pollution

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Climate change is very real, and nearly every other country on the planet is trying to do something about greenhouse gas emissions and worsening air quality — including China.


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The Chinese city of Nanjing is building a Vertical Forest designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri. This set of two buildings, with 60,000 square feet of plantable space, will be outfitted with around 1,100 trees representing 23 different local species and a combination of over 2,500 shrubs and plants.

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It’s no forest, but it may help improve Nanjing’s air quality. The Nanjing Towers will absorb enough carbon dioxide to make around 132 pounds (60 kilograms) of oxygen every day. The average person breathes in approximately 4.47 pounds of oxygen each day, so these buildings would supply the daily oxygen needs of 29.5 people each day.
Perhaps more importantly, though, the structure is designed to create an urban biological habitat for birds and insects, help filter dust particles from the air, and provide shade and acoustic shielding to the occupants within the buildings, all while providing some pleasant greenery in an otherwise concrete-filled city.
The Nanjing Vertical Forest will actually be Boeri’s third Vertical Forest project, following successful developments in Milan, Italy, and Lausanne, Switzerland. 
It won’t stop here though, as Boeri has plans to build similar structures in Chongqing, Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou and Shanghai.
The Nanjing Vertical Forest is scheduled to be completed sometime next year.


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