Up until recently environmental protection and nature did not play much of a role in Chinese ideas about economic growth. But now, there are plans to plant 666 million hectares of woodland by 2020 – that is, an area as big as all of Ireland. And the Chinese are aiming high: They want to have 43 percent of the whole country covered in forests by 2050. At the moment, it is only 22 percent.
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An oasis couldn't be more beautiful, with a moon-shaped lake and surrounded by “singing” dunes. more
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My house is in Jabaquara, a suburb of the city of Paraty, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. It’s surrounded by rainforest that goes almost down to the Atlantic coast. Most of the people that buy land here tend to cut down all the trees and level the ground. But the mango forest suffers. That’s why I have done the opposite. more
Climbing higher in search of the last unspoilt natural spots. more