Why Is Africa Building A Great Green Wall? • Discoverology

Why Is Africa Building A Great Green Wall?

Nature, Videos

Eleven countries are planting a wall of trees from east to west across Africa, just under the southern edge of the Sahara desert. The goal is to fight the effects of climate change by reversing desertification.

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Nature, Videos, World

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Art, Media, Nature

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Apps, Innovation, Videos

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Business, Nature, Science

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Architecture, Cities, Videos

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Explainers, Life, Videos

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Architecture, Design, Explainers, Videos

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Nature, Science

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Food, Videos

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Explainers, Science, Tech, Videos

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