A town in northwest China’s Gansu province is engulfed by a sandstorm. Picture: Gansu province website A town in northwest China’s Gansu province is engulfed by a sandstorm. Picture: Gansu province website
A town in northwest China’s Gansu province is engulfed by a sandstorm. Picture: Gansu province website
Environment

China’s Green Great Wall is on the front line of its fight against desertification, but is it sustainable?

•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

Topic |   Environment
A town in northwest China’s Gansu province is engulfed by a sandstorm. Picture: Gansu province website A town in northwest China’s Gansu province is engulfed by a sandstorm. Picture: Gansu province website
A town in northwest China’s Gansu province is engulfed by a sandstorm. Picture: Gansu province website
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