BEIJING Beijing's female poplars are to receive
"sex change operations" to stop them from producing flying
pollen that has overwhelmed the city and worsened allergy and
asthma problems among its citizens, Chinese media reported on
Arborists in China's capital, home to more than 300,000
poplar trees, were starting to inject some "female" trees in an
experiment to change their nature so no pollen would be
produced, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
"The poplar pollen affects the air quality of the city, and
harms human health, so the city authorities must do something
to deal with it," the report quoted a gardening expert as
Hospitals in Beijing have received increasing numbers of
patients who suffer from asthma or allergies after inhaling the
pollen, which blankets the city in a snowfall of white fluff,
It would not be China's first attempt to alter nature.
The parched country also routinely seeds clouds to create
rainfall, and state media announced earlier this week that
meteorologists had created artificial snow in Tibet for the
first time amid concerns about melting glaciers.