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12:00 AM, April 19, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 19, 2018

China fights smog with big air purifier

China has a found a novel way to tackle its massive air pollution problem: Putting up a giant air purifier the size of an industrial smokestack in the middle of a smog-plagued city.

Instead of pumping out billows of black smoke like the chimneys rising from factories in the northern province of Shaanxi, the 60-meter (197-foot) tall structure on the outskirts of the regional capital Xian blasts clean air.

Standing between high-rises, the device is capable of cleaning between five million and 18 million cubic meters of air each day, depending on the weather, season, and level of pollution, according to a report by the Chinese website Thecover.cn.

The tower can reduce the density of PM 2.5 -- the tiny airborne particles considered most harmful to health -- by between 10 and 19 percent in a 10 square kilometer area, the website said.

PM 2.5 can play a role in heart disease, stroke, and lung ailments such as emphysema and cancer. For now, the facility -- which was built in June 2016 -- is just an experiment.

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