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 delivered a lecture titled “Peak Water: What Happens to Our Food Supply When the Wells Go Dry?” on February 4 at the FedEx Global Education Center as part of the UNC Global Research Institute’s water series. Though water is the source of human life and civilization, Lester says sometimes humans forget how important it is. Read more here.