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Planting `Sansevieria' to curb pollution

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, May 11 2009   /  02:54 pm

JAKARTA: The central Jakarta administration is urging residents to plant Sansevieria trifasciata, locally known as lidah mertua (mother-in-law's tongue) throughout the city to help reduce air pollution. The municipality decided to take this step following a study by the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), which reported the area was vulnerable to global climate change. Mayor Sylviana Murni said she had called on officials in her office to plant more S. trifasciata. "District and subdistrict offices in Central Jakarta have also planted sansevieria. We will also grow this plant at the National Monument *Monas*," she said as quoted by beritajakarta.com. The plant is able to absorb 107 known pollutants, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen monoxide, according to a study conducted by the US National Aeronautics and Space Admin...