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.
As Portland prepares to launch their Alta Bicycle Share program in the coming year, the Portland Mercury spoke with four writers from Minneapolis, Boston, Washington, DC, and New York about the bike-share programs in their cities. EPI's Director of Research Janet Larsen spoke about DC's Capital Bikeshare program, the country's second-largest system. You can read more about bike-share programs around the U.S in our latest Plan B Update "Dozens of U.S. Cities Board the Bike-Sharing Bandwagon."