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CO2ngress Towers: Reducing air pollution in Chicago + increasing public awareness

CO2ngress Towers:  Reducing air pollution in Chicago + increasing public awareness | Pollution | Scoop.it

“Every day, 77,000 carbon-emitting vehicles fly past the Congress Parkway interchange, polluting the air. This project creates a gateway over the corridor that filters air and fuels a new breed of car for its residents.”

Aimed to increase public awareness and improve public health, the CO2ngress Gateway Towers absorb the CO2 emissions from passing cars, which is fed to algae grown in the building. The algae then helps with the processing of biofuels which supply the building residents’ eco-friendly cars.

The two towers split and converge at the top to create an iconic gateway to the city. A bridge joins the two towers and contains a public restaurant with views of neighboring buildings. Pedestrian connections are landscaped at the base, giving a human scale to a car-centric urban identity.

Additionally, the double-skin facade helps reduce traffic noise and offers enclosed balconies. Natural cross-ventilation of the units is enabled through the building’s atrium. The terraces are enclosed by bio-reactor tubes which grow the algae responsible for biofuel processing...


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I thought that this article was really cool that Chicago was going to build these towers as the gateway to this city. At the same time, I thought it was cool that it acts as a CO2 remover. It sucks up the carbon dioxide from the vehicles of the city and gets rid of it. I think it would be great if other cities could do this also to reduce the pollution.

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Kenzie Nossaman's comment, October 4, 2013 9:19 AM
After reading this article I thought it was really cool that Chicago is trying to make a difference. I didn't know that a simple building could make should a huge difference. This article is very interesting!
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US Environmental Protection Agency cracks down on coal pollution with new rules - The Verge

US Environmental Protection Agency cracks down on coal pollution with new rules - The Verge | Pollution | Scoop.it
Environmental Defense Fund (blog) US Environmental Protection Agency cracks down on coal pollution with new rules The Verge Under the direction of President Obama's White House, the Environmental Protection Agency has announced new guidelines to...

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I think that the ideas they have for decreasing the amount of pollution are great. I didn't realize how much pollution coal factories give off. Putting on a limit, or trying too, would be a good way to stop it. It will help so much with all the pollution, and I think that this article is great! Hopefully they continue with trying to help stop some air pollution.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 21, 2013 12:42 PM

The days of "king coal" are numbered.  Aloha, Russ.

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Neb. coal plant tests new pollution-control system

Neb. coal plant tests new pollution-control system | Pollution | Scoop.it
(AP) — A new system to capture one of the main gases linked to global warming will be tested at a Nebraska coal plant over nearly four years.

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Its a good idea to help the environment even at a high price. It pretty amazing that they are testing the carbon dioxide levels in the mines to protect the people. I think it was a smart choice that they are going to make regelations for the mining company. Other companies don't have to follow the regulations if they are older.

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Stericycle denies it violated pollution limits, setting up possible legal fight

Stericycle denies it violated pollution limits, setting up possible legal fight | Pollution | Scoop.it
Stericycle, operator of the West's only medical waste incinerator, is denying to Utah air quality regulators it violated its permit by releasing too many pollutants.

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I think that it is great that they are trying to stop pollution. I didn't realize how much pollution gets put into the air in so many cities. It's amazing to know all of the possible things that someone or something could do to help stop air polluion. This article has great ideas for stopping it.

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How Climate Change Could Make Mercury Pollution Worse

How Climate Change Could Make Mercury Pollution Worse | Pollution | Scoop.it
More mercury will be released to the atmosphere and the oceans due to wildfires and violent storms, which are more likely to occur in a climate change scenario. (How climate change could make mercury pollution worse.
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With the wildfires that have happend many times in the past year that means the more mercury pollution there is. I didn't think that the U.S. had an issue with Mercury pollution, but becuase of the fires its causing it to burn and give off air pollution. I thought that it was very interesting to know that Mercury could cause pollution. When I hear the word pollution I think of factory's not Mercury, so this article surprised me.

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allee kowzan's comment, October 2, 2013 11:30 AM
This is very interesting. Its crazy how the climate change can create mercury pollution. I also didn't know that is mercury is released into the atmosphere it takes centuries to evaporate. Great article, Samantha!
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CO2ngress Towers: Reducing air pollution in Chicago + increasing public awareness

CO2ngress Towers:  Reducing air pollution in Chicago + increasing public awareness | Pollution | Scoop.it

“Every day, 77,000 carbon-emitting vehicles fly past the Congress Parkway interchange, polluting the air. This project creates a gateway over the corridor that filters air and fuels a new breed of car for its residents.”

Aimed to increase public awareness and improve public health, the CO2ngress Gateway Towers absorb the CO2 emissions from passing cars, which is fed to algae grown in the building. The algae then helps with the processing of biofuels which supply the building residents’ eco-friendly cars.

The two towers split and converge at the top to create an iconic gateway to the city. A bridge joins the two towers and contains a public restaurant with views of neighboring buildings. Pedestrian connections are landscaped at the base, giving a human scale to a car-centric urban identity.

Additionally, the double-skin facade helps reduce traffic noise and offers enclosed balconies. Natural cross-ventilation of the units is enabled through the building’s atrium. The terraces are enclosed by bio-reactor tubes which grow the algae responsible for biofuel processing...


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Samantha Hedrick's insight:

I thought that this article was really cool that Chicago was going to build these towers as the gateway to this city. At the same time, I thought it was cool that it acts as a CO2 remover. It sucks up the carbon dioxide from the vehicles of the city and gets rid of it. I think it would be great if other cities could do this also to reduce the pollution.

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Kenzie Nossaman's comment, October 4, 2013 9:19 AM
After reading this article I thought it was really cool that Chicago is trying to make a difference. I didn't know that a simple building could make should a huge difference. This article is very interesting!
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Court Ruling Forces EPA Action on Lake Pollution

Court Ruling Forces EPA Action on Lake Pollution | Pollution | Scoop.it
A U.S. District Court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether to set new limitations on pollution that is fueling dangerous

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I think that it is really cool that they are helping out the environment, and trying to elementate the algae growth in the lake. By trying to stop this lake from getting worse maybe we could find a way to clean all waters. I didn't know that so much algae could be so harmful to water ways.

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NASA map illustrates air pollution mortality rates

NASA map illustrates air pollution mortality rates - Yahoo News Philippines http://t.co/xtkQjlNmlO via @YahooPH
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After looking at this map it helped me realize places with high pollution rates. I thought the United States would have more of a dense pollution rate. The interesting thing was that in the south and around Florida the pollution rate was the best in the United States and Canada. I really think that our pollution rates over all are pretty good.

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Alexandria Goodyk's comment, October 3, 2013 10:31 AM
That's really shocking about the US not having a dense pollution. It's good to see us have such well rates. You really wouldn't think that some of these places would have the rates that they have.
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Maryland has nation's highest rate of death from air pollution - WJLA

Maryland has nation's highest rate of death from air pollution - WJLA | Pollution | Scoop.it
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I thought this article was very interesting. I did not know that Maryland had such an issue with pollution. Its crazy that they have up into the 100s of deaths per year because of their pollution. I always thought that New York would have bad pollution, but Maryland is even worse than them.

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Hilary Brummel's comment, September 27, 2013 12:23 PM
That was a really interesting article. There was a lot of information I've never heard of. Like how Maryland has such a bad problem with pollution. It really shocked me that residents die at a rate of 113 per 100,000.
Kate Van Roekel's comment, October 2, 2013 10:19 PM
This article really caught my eye. I was so shocked, I had no idea Maryland had problems that bad with pollution. And the fact that it even has the nations highest death rate from it? that really was shocking. It was a really good and interesting article to read. I like articles like that. It is a really good one for pollution.