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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

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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
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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)

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  • Antara

    An incredible project!

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)