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China's first pollution-battling, forest city is under construction

Georgina Wilson-Powell

11 July 2017

As part of China's new wave of commitment to becoming a global climate change leader, it's revealed plans of a huge new environmentally friendly forest city in Liuzhou that will be ready to go by 2020.

Italian architects Stefano Boeri Architetti has unveiled the plans for China's world-first green city that will work in harmony in nature. Liuzhou Forest City will comprise over 70 buildings, including residential, civic and commercial buildings which will be a part of a 40,000 strong forest of trees that are intertwined with a million plants. It could house up to 30,000 people.

And talk about effective. The greenery will cover buildings and act as the city’s lungs, absorbing up to 10,000 tons of CO2 and emit 900 tons of oxygen a year. It's part of a nationwide programme in China to build greener, more eco-friendly buildings rather that the weird and wonderful. Its State Council decreed last year that new builds have to be 'green and beautiful'.

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