Trees planted in Shanxi province, in northern China. Picture: Alamy Trees planted in Shanxi province, in northern China. Picture: Alamy
Trees planted in Shanxi province, in northern China. Picture: Alamy

Playing god: in ‘greening’ the desert, is China doing more harm than good?

•In an excerpt from his book, The World In a Grain: The Story of Sand and How it Transformed Civilisation, Vince Beiser questions whether the ‘greening’ of China’s deserts is environmentally viable

•Evidence suggests some tree-planting initiatives more interested in quick profit than the environment

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