According to initial tests, the tower did help the smog-riddled Beijing to breath a bit easier. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection declared the air around the tower to be some 55 percent cleaner than it was before, translating into billions of PM2.5 fine particles sucked from the environment.
However, controversial articles have been ‘withdrawn’ from magazines and newspapers in the meantime, questioning China’s position on how to really address the ever increasing air pollution issue.
Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Tower will nonetheless continue its tour through China and the next city is soon to be revealed. Even if the Tower is not a magical, universal remedy to China’s environmental problems, the fact that we are talking or writing about it already is step 2 in the process.
While I’m at it, all the smog particles sucked up by the tower will indeed be processed. On its Beijing stint alone, Studio Roosegaarde is up to some extraordinary jewelry, making 300 very special Smog Free Rings containing Beijings pollution… then, finally, I'll breathe a heavy sigh of relief and order one of these!