In an effort to combat the ever growing problem of pollution, China has officially begun construction of a world’s first ever ‘forest city’. 

China seems to have found an innovative solution to tackle its notorious air pollution issues – an entire city covered with plants and trees..Nearly one million. china is building the world’s first ever forest city near its southern region of Liuzhou. Commissioned by Municipality Urban Planning, this initiative is taking place to combat the country’s pollution problem.

Below are some key statistics about the city, including its ability to scrub the air of CO2 and pollutants and release oxygen. As the city ages and trees become older they will only absorb more CO2 and become more effective. A single adult tree can absorb 48 pounds of CO2 and about 260 pounds of oxygen per year. This is because trees, opposite to humans, take in CO2 and release oxygen during photosynthesis.

  • 10,000 tons of CO2 absorption per year
  • 57 tons of pollutant absorption per year
  • 900 tons of oxygen produced per year
  • 30,000 inhabitants
  • 40,000 tress within the city
  • 1 million plants and over 100 species within the city

All of the city’s structures – offices, houses, hotels, hospitals, and schools – will be entirely covered in plants and's first ever 'forest city'

For connectivity, a fast rail line is being set up, on which electric cars will run. It will connect the forest city to the main city of Liuzhou. To maintain energy efficiency, the design uses the help of solar panels and a geothermal energy source.

Slated to be complete by 2020, the city will house 30,000 people.

This ambitious plan will be an example to the global community on how to build sustainable cities that help cut down on pollution while at the same time generate biodiversity and fresh oxygen.

This concept may not work exactly as built here for every city but there are certainly ideas and best practices that can be implemented around the world. This is especially true in highly populated polluted areas that are badly in need of more green space.