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12 Wonderful (And Weird) Ways To Tackle Pollution in China

Pollution is one of the biggest problems facing China. From city-covering domes to ‘clean air' bikes, numerous madcap solutions have been considered.

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1. Covering cities with huge bubble domes

In April London-based firm Orproject revealed the Bubbles project, which involved huge bubble-like structures filled with clean air. The idea was developed with the firm’s Beijing team.


4. ... Or 'air-cleaning' bikes

In 2013 Beijing-based inventor Matt Hope unveiled a bicycle with a face mask attached, with the air filtered through it cleaned when you pedal. The bike cost 180 yuan ($29) and featured an Ikea bin as part of its filtration system.

5. Sucking up smog with vacuum cleaners

De Zeen

A vacuum cleaner that sucks up pollution was developed by Dutch designer Daan Rooseguard last year. It uses coils of copper to create an electrostatic field that attracts smog particles and, according to the developer, "Creates holes of 50-60 metres of clean air so you can see the sun again." Rooseguard worked with the mayor of Beijing on the project.


7. Freezing smog with paratrooper robots

Aviation Industry Corporation of China

Earlier this year the Aviation Industry Corporation of China announced plans to launch drones into the sky to tackle city smog. The drones freeze harmful particles with chemicals.

8. Naming and shaming the most polluted cities

To try to force local governors to take more measures to curb pollution, the main Chinese government names and shames the worst cities for air pollutants each month.

10. Making everyone get cremated in reusable coffins

This might not solve the wider problem of pollution, but a Hong Kong company has come up with coffins featuring a reusable outer shell, reducing the amount of waste and time taken to burn. So people can be green to the end…

11. Getting kids to learn anti-smog martial arts

South China Morning Post

A programme introduced in a Hebei school last December had kids learning “anti-smog martial arts”, including moves designed to make their lungs stronger to cope with pollution.

12. Or just, you know, trying to properly reduce emissions from factories and cars...

In light of recent public anger the Chinese government has announced that it's setting up a 10 billion yuan fund ($1.65 billion) to tackle pollution and is set to fine heavy-polluting companies. There will be subsidies for lower-emission vehicles and moves to use cleaner coal in factories. Well, it's either that or the domes…

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