The “Great Green Wall” Didn’t Stop Desertification, but it Evolved Into Something That Might

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-green-wall-stop-desertification-not-so-much-180960171/

It was a simple plan to combat a complex problem. The plan: plant a Great Green Wall of trees 10 miles wide and 4,350 miles long, bisecting a dozen countries from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east. The problem: the creeping desertification across Africa.

“The desert is a spreading cancer,” Abdoulaye Wade, Senegal’s president and the wall’s standard bearer, said. “We must fight it. That is why we have decided to join in this titanic battle.”

There were just a few problems.

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