China’s deserts are expanding at an alarming rate. So it’s fighting back, with straw mats

Global Post: We were surrounded by sand. It stretched in undulating waves to the horizon in all directions. Wei Men, who works for the Baijitan Nature Reserve in Ningxia province, beckoned for us to step down from our desert overlook and take a close-up look at the desert floor. He wanted to show us what officials hope is the future of this arid stretch of China. Ningxia is facing a big problem. A small and relatively poor province, its population is growing and it has ambitions to expand its industry......

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