Plant More Trees and Plants to Reduce Air Pollution
Adding plants and trees to the landscapes near factories and other pollution sources could reduce air pollution by an average of 27 percent, new research suggests.
The study shows that plants - not technologies - may also be cheaper options for cleaning the air near a few industrial sites, roadways, power plants, commercial boilers and oil and gas drilling sites.
They found that adding trees or other plants could lower air pollution levels in both urban and rural areas, though the success rates varied depending on, among other factors, how much land was available to grow new plants and the current air quality.
Reducing air pollution is critical to public health. The American Lung Association estimates that 4 in 10 people in the U.S. live in areas with poor air quality, leading to health issues including asthma, lung cancer and heart disease.
Researchers suggest that nature should be a part of the planning process to deal with air pollution and show that engineers and builders should find ways to incorporate both technological and ecological systems.
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