smogeatingsidewalk
by Amanda Just
Categories: Causes, Environment, Science.

In Hengelo, Netherlands, you can walk on the sunny side of the street: on their new smog-eating sidewalk.

Scientists from Eindhoven University of Technology installed a block of air-purifying pavement onto one city block and recently published the results. The special, filth-hungry concrete has been named “photocatlytic.” It’s made from plain ol’ concrete, sprayed with titanium oxide, which neutralizes pollutants in the air. So far, researchers have seen a decrease in pollution at an average of about 19% per day.

In 2010, when the pavement was in its early stages, researcher Jos Brouwers told CNN, “[The concrete] could be a very feasible solution for inner city areas where they have a problem with air pollution.”

Could the hungry, hungry concrete be hittin’ the roads in more cities soon? Possibly, after they tweak the price tag. But after more testing and a decrease in price, walking on (and in) sunshine could be a reality soon.

Photo credit: Science Direct/Los Angeles Times

About Amanda Just

Amanda Just is a longtime vegan who loves to promote compassionate living in fun, creative ways. As a writer, she has contributed to This Dish Is Veg, ForksOverKnives.com, and many other blogs, websites, and newsletters. As an activist, she champions many causes, from veganism and animal rights to environmental protection and human rights. Amanda resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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