Wednesday, August 22, 2007

China desertification check-in

The Chinese government has planted billions of trees and imposed strict regulations on land use in an attempt to stem the encroachment of desert into agricultural lands. After years of optimistic public relations statements, the government is now sounding the retreat and relocating farmers so that their land can be planted with grasses that, hopefully, will accomplish what previous efforts have not. Here's the story as reported on Treehugger.

Experts have laid the blame for the increased desertification alternately at the feet of deforestation and overfarming, though some are now concerned that global warming could play a larger role in the near future — a consequence of the melting Tibetan glaciers.

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