China's Desertification Will Take Three Centuries to Reverse

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An area of China the size of Rhode Island is being lost to desertification each year, with 38% of all the land on Earth in danger of following suit.

According to the head of China's anti-desertification efforts, roughly one third of desertified land in the country can be reclaimed. That's the good news. The bad news: "At our present rate of treating 1,717 square kilometers a year, I've calculated we'll need 300 years [to reclaim it]," Liu Tuo said. "Investment is seriously insufficient, with a huge gap existing for our needs at present." (Reuters)

Sounds pretty much like every other environmental problem...

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