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From Smog to Clean Air and Diamonds

The Smog Project —  a project that creates 75% cleaner air and diamonds.
Air pollution is a phenomenon we all know.  Most of us are aware that, probably, we should be doing something about it, but the real treat of global warming seems to be too distant for many to actually take considerable action. Still, we all know how refreshing it can be when you escape from the city for while to enjoy the ‘fresh’ air in rural places or at the beach.

Daan Roosegaarde, also involved in the glowing-plant project I blogged about earlier (yes, it seems like he is on his way to master innovative thinking), decided to address this urban pollution problem in an ambitious project to create smog-free parks in Beijing.

Not only will this result in ‘clean’ recreation areas for residents, an integral part of the project also includes the creation of diamonds from the residues of charcoal, which is a major component of the black dust.

By buying a designer smog-ring,

“you are buying a cubic kilometer of clean Beijing air” (Roosegaarde)

According to Roosegaarde, the rings are the “aware makers.”

Lasers installed on top of the centre-tower in the park(s) visualize the clean air (laser beams cutting through air only show for the human eye when they ‘hit’ particles).

The first pilot version of the park should be up and running by the beginning of next summer, and the first rings should be available by the end of 2014.

Another piece of innovative thinking with high potential for the community.

What do you think, will this project be as promising in practice as it appears to be in theory?

Check the full article here.
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Light Producing Plants as Future Streetlights

Genetic modification, in my eyes, has besides far-reaching possibilities possibly even more far-reaching concerns. However, over the past years scientists used our knowledge of genetic modification in a very innovative way, and this year Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde takes their results to another level — looking into possibilities to light our world with glowing trees instead of street-lights (Article).

This is one of those simple ideas that is just genius. Someone came up with the idea of using genetic engineering techniques to insert genes from e.g. glowing jellyfish or fire flies into the DNA of plants, and over the past years several research groups  (bioglow, glowingplants) ‘simply’ did this, which resulted in literally glowing plants.

This new definition of natural sustainable light is hard not to consider as a ‘break-through,’ and it may very well dictate our street-view within the next 15 years or so.

Check this video in which Daan Roosegaarde shortly talks about glowing plants and his ideas at South by Southwest.

This could potentially save tons of money considering the cut on electricity, not to mention the pros nature-wise — more trees, less waste; more oxygen, less CO2.

What do you think? Are these ideas with realistic potential?