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China Is Set to Build a Smog-Eating 'Forest City' Filled With Tree-Covered Skyscrapers

Around the world, China is infamous for its smog. Now, an innovative plan in the city of Nanjing may be paving the way for a change in the smog department. As reported by Science Alert, an Italian design firm plans to erect two skyscrapers with a total of 1,100 trees and 2,500 cascading shrubs on their rooftops and balconies, with the hopes of helping to reduce smog in that city.

This news is heartening, especially since the World Health Organization (WHO) says that a mere 12 percent of people living in cities that reported air quality standards are breathing air that meet WHO standards. Poor outdoor air quality has also been linked to both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, such as asthma and lung cancer, as well as cardiovascular disease.

Unfortunately, indoor air quality may be as dangerous as your outside air quality. In America, the Environmental Protection Agency says that poor indoor air quality is one of the top public health risks you face each day. In fact, studies of human exposure demonstrate that indoor pollution levels may be two to five times higher than outdoor levels.

One way to reduce your exposure to air pollutants in your home is to invest in good whole-house air and water filtering systems. (Be sure to include your shower in your water filter system to get the chlorine out, since chlorine becomes airborne during a shower.) You can also decorate with plants such as aloe, English ivy, rubber tree, peace lily, snake plant, bamboo palm, philodendron, spider plant, red-edge dracaena and golden pothos.
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