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.
Lester Brown is featured in a Science News for Students article entitled "Cool Jobs: Paid to dream." In the story, three experts who spend their time looking into humanity’s future are interviewed. Each, in his own way, tries to predict what can happen, and even what should happen. While Brown doesn’t call himself a futurist, as president of the Earth Policy Institute, he does spend plenty of time envisioning what our planet could and should look like decades from now. Get the full article here.