Can We Terraform The Sahara To Stop Climate Change? • Discoverology

Can We Terraform The Sahara To Stop Climate Change?

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We are going to examine the feasibility and effect of afforestation in the two largest subtropical deserts in the world, the Sahara and the Australian outback. These are the perfect candidates for afforestation, neither have large competing human populations, agricultural activity, or large natural animal and plant populations.

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