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.
John Vidal's article on Guardian.co.uk website centering around the latest data highlight, titled "One Quarter of US Grain Crops Fed to Cars - Not People, New Figures Show." Also, check out the Data blog posting of EPI's data. Posted January 22, 2010.