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Thursday, May 06, 2004

My own solution to the Air quality problem in Atlanta.

I believe that most people agree that if there were more abundant plant life in metro Atlanta, the air quality would be much better.

A recent American Lung Association study found that Atlanta ranks 21 in the list of cities with the most air pollution in America. How do we as a city rectify this horrible situation?

Enter the solution, Kudzu.

Kudzu could be grown in containers at or near the top of some of the taller skyscrapers around town. As the season progresses, the kudzu will grow towards the bottom of the building and in time the building could become entirely covered. As the contaminated air passes through the vines, the kudzu will act as a natural filtration system of sorts. Another effect of this green shield would be to reduce the collection and reflection of solar radiation that tends to build up around areas that are mostly covered with concrete.

If every tall building in the metro Atlanta were to undertake this initiative, I firmly believe that we will be able to improve the quality of air in this fine southern city.

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