We couldn’t believe our eyes when the headline from China was sustainability friendly;) This forest will produce 132 pounds of oxygen every day!!

Every year, more and more people move out of the country and into cities, causing megacity air pollution to rapidly become hazardous to both the environment and public health.

Outdoor air pollution has risen 8% since 2011 according to WHO data.

“We have a public health emergency in many countries. Urban air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate, wreaking havoc on human health. It’s dramatic, one of the biggest problems we are facing globally, with terrible future costs to society,” explained Dr. Maria Neira, Director of Public Health at the WHO in Geneva. “The cost for countries is enormous. Air pollution affects economies and people’s quality of life. It leads to major chronic diseases and to people ultimately dying,” she continued.

After Milan and Losanna, also China is going to have its first Vertical Forest, in Nanjing, by Stefano Boeri Architetti.

Nanjing Green Towers, which is scheduled to be finished in 2018, is composed of two towers located in Nanjing Pukou District, an area destined to lead the modernization of southern Jiangsu and the development of the Yangtze River economic zone. A real vertical forest that will help to regenerate local biodiversity, will provide a 25 tons of CO2 absorption each year and will produce about 60 kg of oxygen per day.

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