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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Seen from the northwest coast of Spain, the Illa de San Simón looks like the graceful guardian of the bay of Vigo. more
Humans have often overstepped the mark in their treatment of other living creatures. Corine Pelluchon's books urge more respect for animals and nature. more
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