17 Jan '12, 2pm

China’s Reforestation Programs: Big Success or Just an Illusion?

China’s Reforestation Programs: Big Success or Just an Illusion? China has undertaken ambitious reforestation initiatives that have increased its forest cover dramatically in the last decade. But scientists are now raising questions about just how effective these grand projects will turn out to be. by jon r. luoma In China, major environmental degradation caused by deforestation was apparent even 2,000 years ago, when the great waterway once simply called “The River” was visibly transformed. Tree-felling all along the river’s banks wiped out root systems that held erosion in check, allowing tons of sediments to spread their stains into what has been known ever since as the Yellow River. In the years after World War II, with its population booming and a massive drive to industrialize in full swing, China became an epicenter of world deforestation, clearing land wholesale fo...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/chinas_reforestation_program...

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