August 27, 2009 | By

In a few decades, we could be living like Milla Jovovich in the Fifth Element, as an article in the BBC News reports that engineers are--amongst various projects--inventing fake trees to soak up carbon emissions. "The prototype artificial tree was about the same size as a shipping container and could remove thousands of times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than an equivalent sized real tree," reports BBC. Initially this sounds a tad apocalyptic but we should look on the bright side. Firefighters will no longer be pestered to get sad cats down from trees and kids won't break any bones from climbing on real ones. And sans Douglas Firs, Christmas clean-up won't be a hassle. With science like that, who really needs real trees?

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