Air pollution is the release of toxic pollutants into the air. These pollutants can come from factories and energy use, and is usually in the form of carbon dioxide or smog. However, chemicals such as mercury, lead, and benzene are often released into the air as well from gas combustion.
Pollution leads to many detrimental health effects in humans, the biggest of which is severe respiratory issues such as cancer, asthma, and bronchitis. Air pollution can also lead to cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, and a variety of cancers.
A creative solution
Daan Roosegaarde is a Dutch artist, inventor, and engineer. He works with a team of innovators at Studio Roosegaarde, a design lab creating projects and solutions to global climate problems.
One of Studio Roosegaarde's biggest projects is known as the Smog Free Project, a group of inventions that contribute to cleaner air.
Smog Free Tower: The Smog Free Tower is the most ambitious solution that the group has come up with so far. It is a 21-foot tall aluminum tower, powered by wind energy, that uses positive ionization technologies to purify toxins in the air that is cycled through it and blown back out. Each tower can provide clean air for over 100,000 people per day, and its award-winning design and technologies have been praised by scientists and research labs around the world.
Studio Roosegaarde has also created similar products such as the Smog Eating Billboard, which has a similar technology as the tower but is meant to be incorporated into existing billboards around the world, and the Smog Free Bicycle, which is currently in development.
Air pollution is a pressing problem facing our world today, but with the introduction of pioneering technologies from labs and companies like Studio Roosegaarde, people around the world are finally able to take truly clean breaths of air.