Image of the Day: ‘Supertrees’ Super Useful in Singapore

Trees clean the air. They take in carbon dioxide, a climate-inducing greenhouse gas. They provide shade and thus keep forested areas cooler. They purify water. Giant man-made “supertrees” in Singapore will now provide electricity. The 18 fake trees, some nearly 165 feet tall, which were opened to visitors on June 29, make up a project from Singapore’s National Parks Board called Gardens by the Bay, an effort to bring plants from all over the world to Singapore.

According to CNN, these metal trees will also be multi-taskers. They will exhibit exotic plants as “vertical gardens,” gather rainwater, offer shade to passersby, help regulate temperature by “absorbing and dispersing heat,” and 11 supertrees will be able to produce solar power. The supertrees are a small fraction of the sustainable landscaping project, which also consists of large sustainable indoor biomes and combined historical and horticultural exhibits, all leading to the government’s ultimate goal of making Singapore a “city in a garden.”

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