The air extractor from Kiel | TIME ONLINE

While urban Germany gradually seized by a diesel starvation
      will bring the city keel fresh wind in the discussion about fine dust values ​​and driving bans.
      At the multi-lane Theodor-Heuss-Ring last week she had a "city air purifier"
      let set up. This is a white container with slots and blower, which is the street air
      sucks, filtered and – released from disturbing particles – ejects again. Also nitrogen oxides
      should have no chance in Kiel. They are sort of taken out of circulation.

Magically elsewhere may be herumgekrittelt on the limits – not so in Kiel. Undaunted, you are trying to solve the big problem and the earth's atmosphere will populate your own. After only a few days, the location of the teat has become a place of pilgrimage. Infrastructure tourists, attracted by media reports, never want to see things seen, asthmatics to experience the old phrase "city air makes free" once again. Studies will still have to prove whether residents can now breathe again.

Few house numbers from the location of the air cleaner is an official measuring device, which has determined too high pollutant levels for years. 40 micrograms of nitrogen oxides per cubic meter of air are allowed on average, 60 micrograms last year. Here a driving ban threatens.

So now this pilot project, which flanked the city of Kiel with a second measure: Soon diesel vehicles should not use the right lane of the Theodor-Heuss-Ringes – the closest to the meter – but to avoid the left lane, to increase the distance of the exhaust pipes to the measuring point by a few meters. One sets here on a pollutant-reducing turbulence.

You may also be inspired by the neighboring city of Hamburg, in which you have closed two roads where meters are, for diesel vehicles without further ado. They are driving through other streets now.

So far the facts. Even before it is clear what the air cleaning and the measuring point bypass will bring relief for Theodor-Heuss-Ring, it becomes clear how stimulating the model attempt is. He diverts his thoughts into completely different paths.

What if the car manufacturers pick up on the Kiel idea? VW could equip all Golf Diesel as standard with vacuum cleaners and thus provide an additional incentive to buy. One could revive the abandoned model "Scirocco" as a type designation.

The device is located in a hollow in the trunk and comes, connected to the cigarette lighter, always used when the children have once again vollgekrümelt the interior. But it has a second function. As soon as an air meter in the vicinity indicates too high values, alarmed by an app, a few golf drivers rush in and clean the air around the measuring point. Here it will prove to be an advantage that the Scirocco is equipped with a double filter technology, equally suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Good thing about such a solution would be extended to the planetary neighborhood principle. Car drivers, who have polluted the air, are not only ridding their neighborhood of particles, they are also contributing to global environmental protection, which Russia and China can use as a model.

The question is, of course, as already in Kiel: What happens to the fine vacuum cleaner bags? Are they picked up by urban workers like fir trees and foliage, just around the year? Under certain circumstances new costs could arise here, new jobs, of course.

Moreover, the particulate matteronce collected and consolidated on a large scale, compacted into coarse dust, which in turn, pressed and burned in brickworks, gives brick culture a lasting boost. One does not believe what is possible when one relaxes the mind blocks.

However – a small downside – there has already been a demonstration against the new technology in the pioneer city of Kiel, because the city air sucker was placed in the middle of the bike path. Especially the cyclists should know: Without sacrifice it will not work.