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

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

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