China enlists drone to combat air pollution

By on March 19, 2014

Smog in Beijing in 2011 (Credit: egorgrebnev, via Flickr)

Amid growing concerns about urban smog and water pollution, China has tested an unmanned aircraft designed to combat air contamination, Reuters reported.

Earlier this month, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced that the country was entering a war against pollution. The new drone may be a primary combatant in that war, dispersing smog through the release of an airborne chemical. Created by Aviation Industry Corp of China, the drone can allegedly navigate accurate routes through thick fog.

The drone features a gliding parachute and possesses a high cargo capacity. Alternative proposed applications include agricultural planting and emergency rescue.

Chinese pollution monitoring in 2013 revealed failure to meet state standards in nearly every participating city.

Image: Smog in Beijing in 2011 (Credit: egorgrebnev, via Flickr)

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