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Sup Travellers?! In this time where the earth is getting hotter, forest fires are running rampant all over the world and there is very little that we can do now. But the little that we can do, it's best that we do it and that's exactly what Chinese designers Jie Huang, Jin Wei, Qiaowan Tang, Yiwei Yu, and Zhe Hao are doing.

The designers have conceived of a massive watertower skyscraper called the “Rainforest Guardian.” 

This massive structure would serve as a water tower, a forest fire station, a weather station, and a scientific research center all rolled into one.

The general shape of the Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper is inspired by the lotus flower, a plant well known for its ability to survive for many decades in a watery environment. Like the lotus flower, the Rainforest Guardian would feature a spherical flat platform at its highest point, connected to the ground by a series of external arteries or “roots.”

Like the spread petals of the lotus, the flat platform would serve as a rainwater harvesting station, filtering and then storing the collected water in spare reservoirs.

“Using capillarity combined with active energy, the aerial roots with a distinct sponge-structure can absorb and store the excess water without disturbing the Amazon’s ecosystem. In the case of fire, firefighters fly to the scene and extinguish the fire with the collected water,” write the designers. Of course, the firefighters of which they speak aren’t physical beings. Instead, they’re unmanned aerial vehicles–drones–which could land on the Rainforest Guardian like so many flies, collecting water from the tower before buzzing off to spray it on the area in need. In addition, the Guardian Skyscraper provides special scientific research laboratories for scientists to monitor the climate change and the ecosystem stability. The laboratories also act as exhibition spaces for tourists to create environmental awareness,” explain the designers.

This is definitely great for the environment and whatnot but I would like to comment on how incredibly cool the Rainforest Guardian is. It looks like something straight out of Avatar. I can't wait to see it in action. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.