Madison Sinclair │03.03.17

Over the years, China has been struggling with their environment and the impact they have on it, but they might have a solution to some of their problems: vertical forests. One of the most severe challenges to come out of China’s rapid industrialization is their current environmental crisis. Many of China’s major cities fail to meet today’s international health standards. Throughout history, some of the leaders in China have overused China’s natural resources in order to build up their economy. Despite the fact that China is trying to gain control over their environmental crisis, their environmental policies are difficult to enforce at a local level. But now, China is planning on building two towers that are “coated with 23 vertical-forestspecies of tree and more than 2,500 cascading shrubs. These vertical forests will cover approximately 6,000 square meters, and the structures will not only contain trees and shrubs, but they will also contain, house offices, a hotel, a museum, and a green architecture school. Today, China is the world’s largest source of carbon emissions. China also emits the most considerable amount of greenhouse gasses in the world, accountable for 27% of global emissions in 2014. With the creation of vertical forests, it is expected that 25 tons of the carbon dioxide emissions will be absorbed each year. The vertical forests are also expected to create 130 pounds of oxygen each day that is about 47,450 pounds of oxygen being produced each year. While these vertical forests will not completely fix all of China’s environmental issues, it will contribute to the restoration of their environment.

Citations

Albert, Eleanor, and Beina XU. “China’s Environmental Crisis.” Council on Foreign Relations. Council on Foreign Relations. Web. 02 Mar. 2017.

Philips, Tom. “’Forest Cities’: The Radical Plan to save China from Air Pollution.” The Air We Breathe. Guardian News and Media, 17 Feb. 2017. Web. 02 Mar. 2017.

 

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