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.
Population growth, rising affluence, water shortages and climate change are combining to create unprecedented pressure on the world’s food supply. “We have yet to grasp what climate change means in terms of food security,” says Lester Brown. “We’re looking at changes on a scale we haven’t seen yet.” Get the full report here.