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China's great green wall isn't gonna work

If you haven't heard of it (I hadn't), The Great Green Wall is supposed to be «a human-made ecological barrier designed to stop rapidly encroaching deserts and combat climate change is coming up across China. By 2050, the artificial forest is to stretch 400 million hectares – covering more than 42 percent of China's landmass.»

So, yeah, they're building a forest. Because that's how it works, right? Well... no. No, it isn't.

«In a study released in May, scientists from the University of Oklahoma and Fudan University in Shanghai found that reforestation and afforestation – the creation of new forests – actually lowers a forest's potential to lesson climate change.

«The study found that areas where natural forests are replaced by reforestation – called plantations – do not actually help control carbon emissions, and that converting farmland to forests decreases the amount of carbon absorbed by the soil.

«Authors of the study also said that converted soil also loses 80 percent of its capability to degrade methane, a greenhouse gas that traps more heat than carbon dioxide.»

Additionally, it's obviously gonna wipe out a bunch of animals.

Good grief, can't we just stop?

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