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Iraq’s ‘Green Belt’ Fights Desertification

Iraqi "Green Belt" Fights Against Desertification
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Trees as far as the eye can see are the weapons one Iraqi province is employing in the fight against desertification in a country where decades of conflict have exacted a terrible environmental toll. Photo Credit: The U.S. Army via Flickr.

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1:13PM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

What a great project! I can't wait to hear about more provinces following suit, hopefully.

8:18AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Great idea. Thanks for sharing

1:20AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thank you Chris, one very rarely hears good news coming out of Iraq. Unfortunately, the heavy pollution left by the DU weapons has left most of the people and the environment badly off with cancers and severe birth defects.

4:34PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Great news.

1:51PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

finally some GOOD news today thanks

12:18PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

And couple of dissenting notes..

AbdulAziz A., Saddam Hussein was there well before the US was. Don't you think at least a little of your derision should be directed at him? He was running Iraq's oil supply to enrich himself throughout the 1990s. The US could have behaved that way but didn't.

Marie W., humans didn't cause the desertification of the Middle East -- that's due to a cycle of climate change that regulates the Earth's reflectivity of radiation back into space. You can see that deserts occur on the continents in belts -- they occur in both the northern and southern hemispheres on roughly the same latitudes. Humans did not cause that.

11:46AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

It is great to hear some folk have taken things in their own hands to reverse the "help" of US to send them into the stone age. The things were not at all like they are now. They were one of the most modren countries but bad luck for them that they had oil .... that all the greedy corporates and bigots of the West wanted for free.

8:57AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

I hope it works! We may need to do it ourselves one day.

1:55AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

what a wonderul idea. A very worthwhile project for them. I am sure every one will benefit and enjoy the peaceful area it will create. It should encourage wildlife as well.

8:12PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Glad to hear that. Thanks.

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