Dutchman Invents Bicycles That Filter Polluted Air

SeekerPublished: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018
Published: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018

There are many sceptics out there that don’t want to believe in global warming. They might say that it’s all a scam, that it’s a ll created by a select few to keep the world living in the ultimate paranoia, but the truth is that global warming is here, and unless we man up and change our behavior from the roots upwards, we will be responsible for killing our planet. There is no second or third planet. It might take us years to find a good substitute, or we might never make it, but the problem isn’t in the availability or the stage of development of our space programs, but rather of the time we have left here on this ticking bomb we call home.

It is true, governments can do a whole lot more to stop the process. From bans of single use plastics, to eradicating non renewable sources of electricity they can regulate each sphere of our society to help the world battle against the ever present pollution. It might not happen overnight, but it will pay off in the long run. Unfortunately, it’s not only their actions that should matter. The Earth citizens need to be taught a good lesson in ecology. It’s not okay to whine about government officials and their inactivity in ecology matters and then turn around and buy a plastic bottle of water. It’s important to rethink our own ways because in the end, it’s all 7 billion of us that are responsible for the state that we are living in.

Some days in Beijing are so hazy schools shut down, which isn't as fun as a snow day because you can't go outside and build a smog man. The main contributor is coal burned in power plants, but the city's 5 million cars aren't helping the problem much either. So a Dutchman, named Daan Roosegaarde, has a solution: bicycles.

Leave it to the Dutch to suggest bikes. There are more bikes in the Netherlands than people. If anything, bicycles are now a source of pollution over there because Amsterdam has to dredge its canals to clean out all the bicycles, and that is not a joke.

But the bicycles Roosegaarde is pitching aren't just any bikes; he wants to make bikes that actually clean the air as you ride. Roosegaarde has some experience in this area: his design firm helped create a tower in a Beijing park that takes in polluted air and gives the smog particles a positive charge. Once the smog is ionized, it's attracted to an electrode with a negative charge.

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