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Smog Free Project: World’s Largest Air Purifier turns Smog into Jewelry

The Smog Free Project is about the Smog Free Tower providing clean air, but it's also about the Smog Free Ring creating an engagement and making the people in China

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde poses in front of the Smog Free Tower, the world's largest smog vacuum cleaner as he presents his The Smog Free Project at D-751 art zone in Beijing, September 29, 2016. VOA

Beijing, October 2, 2016: A Dutch artist opened what he calls the world’s largest air purifier in Beijing on Thursday, beginning the first leg of a China tour to raise awareness of environmental problems.

The seven-meter-high (7.66-yard-high) Smog Free Tower, part of the Smog Free Project started by artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, creates a “bubble of clean air enabling citizens to experience clean air for free,” according to his website.

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The tower captures and collects more than 75 percent of airborne smog particles that have diameters of 2.5 microns and 10 microns and releases clean air around the structure.

“The Smog Free Project is about the Smog Free Tower providing clean air, but it’s also about the Smog Free Ring creating an engagement and making the people in China part of the solution, instead of just feeling part of the problem,” Roosegaarde told Reuters.

In his campaign, the artist also collects smog particles from the tower and compresses them into jewelry, such as a ring and cufflinks.

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Decades of growth-at-all-costs economic development in China has spawned massive problems of air, water, and soil pollution that the ruling Communist Party has only in recent years begun to tackle.

Nationwide, China has earmarked 17 trillion yuan ($2.6 trillion) for investment in environmental protection between 2016 and 2020, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Beijing itself has promised compensation to firms closed on pollution grounds.

One resident said she would like to see more projects like the tower to raise awareness of air pollution in Beijing.

“My whole family was coughing due to the smog the other day,” said Wang Aili, 34, adding that her son could not play outside when air pollution levels were high.

“I hope there can be more equipment or artwork that can raise people’s awareness of smog in Beijing,” she said. “I hope we can have more blue skies.”

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The Smog Free Project will travel to four major Chinese cities in the coming year, according to the website. (VOA)

  • Antara

    An incredible project!

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?