Did you know? China is planting a belt of trees to protect land from the expanding Gobi Desert. This Great Green Wall is projected to extend some 4,480 kilometers (2,800 miles), stretching from outer Beijing through Inner Mongolia (Nei Monggol). Unfortunately, recent pressures to expand food production appear to have slowed this tree planting initiative. For more information view the text and data in Chapter 8 of Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Lester Brown is trying to educate us. "Mr. Brown's compelling argument is made in his new book: Full Planet, Empty Plates. His clear prose, studded with relentless statistics to buttress his argument, not only enlightens readers but frightens them by documenting the threats posed by climate change, soil erosion, depleted aquifers and burgeoning demand from nations that aspire to eat as well as we do." Read the full review here.