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A concept to turn the Eiffel Tower into a giant green wall has been proposed as a symbolic statement of "the reconciliation of nature and pfizer viagra uk mankind."The plan calls for 600,000 plants to be attached to the structure using hemp sacks filled with soil as the growth media. An irrigation system comprising 12 tons of tubing would be used to provide water for the plants.

The installation would not be permanent, and would be removed after a few years. But, once in place, the installation would help remove an estimated 87.8 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.

"Should it not be the duty of engineers to imagine a new future where nature is brought back into the money order viagra heart of the city," said a statement from Ginger, the company behind the proposal. With an estimated cost of nearly 100 million dollars for the project, that's more than a million dollars per ton of legal pharmacy online CO2. Hardly the most cost effective carbon sequestration, but certainly a visible one.

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written by mcGurk, December 30, 2011
What a stupid thing to do. It is utterly unproductive, and in fact may damage the historical building. This kind of stunt is typical of the low IQ end of the green movement.
Wait, I have a cunning plan...
written by Ronald Brak, December 30, 2011
How about this instead - use the $100 million to buy say 100 square kilometers of marginal grazing land in Australia and sequester carbon from the atmosphere there through either creating biochar and/or simply dumping grown plant matter into the deep ocean or an area of sedimentation. The operating costs will come from selling carbon credits. In return, Australia will institute national France Day and carry a model of the Eiffel tower through the streets during the Sydney Mardi Gras.
Neighsayers say neigh.
written by Fencerdave, December 31, 2011
Practical? Probably not.
Cheap? Certainly not.
Aesthetically pleasing? Oh, yes. Yes indeed.

I don't see why they don't cover it in Ivy, though. It naturally crawls up towers like that, and would be much easier and cheaper to provide nutrition for. It could even be permanent.
written by NOtogreentower, January 02, 2012
There are loads of visit web site cialis 6 free samples other way to raise environmental awareness, just not covering the tower with plants, it's way unappealing!!!!
Plus, why use so much time and energy when you can plant it somewhere else.
written by Youtube Downloader, January 04, 2012
This is not the only thing that is to be prevented with such an effort. Pollution has affected all spheres of life. Such efforts need to broaden. Make every vacant place green, efforts need to start at the individual level.
written by Paint the town green, January 04, 2012
People are already writing about this (see article above) before this thing has even remotely gotten off the ground. The amount of publicity a stunt like this would produce is why I think people are even considering it. Maybe that would be good for the movement. However, I think it's terrible for the environment. Wouldn't it take a tremendous amount of water and energy to buying viagra in the dominican republic get the water to the plants in order for it to stay alive?
Greening the Eiffel Tower?
written by Mark Douglas, January 06, 2012
This one seems so obviously environmentally stupid that one really has to wonder about the people behind it, and their understanding of why we have the problems we have.

To spend their 100 million on creating systems that people could use to lower their environmental footprint would be a much better use of such money, or even better, buy some wilderness and protect it.
written by James Gerard, January 06, 2012
Severely dumb idea. The tower is made of iron. I saw it a couple of years ago, and rust is obviously a problem. Cover it with wet dirt, and if the whole thing lasts more than a year before it falls down, I would be surprised. Ronald Brak has a much better idea. See his comment. Lots of click here indian generic levitra better uses for the money, uses that won't actually destroy something beautiful.
written by amy, January 06, 2012
so how much plastic tubing, water & electricity will it use to make this statement? Wouldn't it be a better use of those resources to provide seeds, clean water & food to an underserved group of people?
written by PJ, January 06, 2012
Wow....just wow. I vote "stupid idea." As has been said, the amount of energy and resources it would take just to buy cialis canada get the plants to live, plus the obstacles such an installation would likely pose to maintenance of the Tower itself is fairly obvious. Plus, visually, I'm sure the millions of tourists who go to France specifically to see the Tower as-is would be more than a little angry...Bad idea on all fronts. Planting trees in barren areas, reducing use of fossil-fuels, etc. would be more environmentally effective...and more aesthetically pleasing to all.

And this sort of reminds me of a Cristo-type idea...why not cover the levitra online without prescription Tower in some bright orange cloth? lol

Note to Fencerdave
written by James Gerard, January 06, 2012
You are obviously not a maintenance person. Ivy on an iron or mild steel tower is the kiss of death. It would be impossible to see where rust was occurring, and impossible to maintain the paint which is the only thing between the tower up or crashing to generic cialis soft tabs the ground. Your cute "neighsayer" crack just reveals the danger that lurks in ignorance of simple practical knowledge. Some of those saying Nay to the idea are simply expressing logic and practicality in the face of an egregiously bad idea.

Another concept is buy tramadol capsules to remember to respect the intention of the creator of such an artwork. "The Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889 commemorating the centenary of levitra delivered overnight the French Revolution. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII of England, opened the tower. Of the 700 proposals submitted in a design competition, Gustave Eiffel's was unanimously chosen. However it was not accepted by all at first, and a petition of 300 names - including those of Maupassant, Emile Zola, Charles Garnier (architect of the Opéra Garnier), and Dumas the Younger - protested its construction." Gustsve Eiffel did not include any covering of plants, and I am very sure would have scoffed at the idea, for reasons that certainly would have included the danger of Corrosion.
(Quote from http://www.corrosion-doctors.o...istory.htm )

Perhaps we should commend the originators of buy cheapest cialis the idea for enthusiasm and thinking big, and work with them to get their energy directed into something with positive lasting practical value beyond goofy publicity. Such energy should not be simply squashed just because it was at first connected to a lousy idea. Hopefully the group will realize that there are good pratical reasons for looking for an alternate plan.

(For interest, here are a few additional historical notes - "The tower was almost torn down in 1909, but was saved because of its antenna used both for military and other purposes, and the city let it stand after the canadian viagra price permit expired. When the tower played an important role in capturing the infamous spy Mata Hari during World War I, it gained such importance to the French people that there was no more thought of demolishing it.- used for telegraphy at that time.

From 1910 and on the Eiffel Tower became part of the International Time Service. French radio (since 191smilies/cool.gif, and French television (since 1957) have also made use of its stature. {same source})

Note that none of these added purposes changed the essential nature or appearance of the Tower.
I have been eloquently put down.
written by Fencerdave, January 09, 2012

Thank you all, and especially James, for pointing out the royal rear end I was making of myself. Frankly I'm ashamed that I didn't make the logical connection from 'Iron is good for Ivy' to 'Ivy is bad for Iron.'

I was truly caught up in an illogical sweep of enthusiasm at the sign of a large-scale environmental awareness project.

Excuse me while I retreat, humbled, to areas that I know more about.

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