There’s no doubt Utah’s air quality sucks at this time of year, but could we just suck up the pollution and send it elsewhere?
That’s the intriguing possibility suggested by a newly invented "smog vacuum." A Dutch designer invented the vacuum, Urban Times reports, which works by attracting smog particles to the ground where they’re captured and compressed.
The device works sort of like a static-y balloon attracting hair, except that it uses a copper coil to create an electromagnetic field. The coil would be buried underground.
The smog vacuum is scheduled for a test run this week in China, aka the only place with worse air than the Wasatch Front. Time will tell if it’ll work, but in the meantime I guess we’ll just have to suffer — or actually get serious about curbing emissions.
— Jim Dalrymple II
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