China greens world's horizon
Some of you may play Ant Forest. It is a game on Alipay. Users collect "energy" to make their "trees" grow. When the "energy" reaches a certain level, some organizations and companies will plant a real tree in a desert area of China. And now it seems that the nation's efforts as a whole to make a greener world have paid off.
According to a study by NASA and published in the journal Nature Sustainability in February, China and India are mainly responsible for making the Earth greener over the past two decades.
The study found out that since 2000 the Earth's green leaf area has increased by 5 percent, or over 5 million square kilometers. That's an area equivalent to the total area of the Amazon rainforest.
It is mainly the result of big tree-planting programs in China and intensive agriculture in both countries, according to NASA.
"China and India account for one third of the increased greening, but contain only 9 percent of the planet's land area covered in vegetation," Chi Chen, the study's lead author and a researcher at Boston University, US, told CNN.
China was the major contributor, by adding 25 percent to this increase, while India added 6.8 percent.
Over the past decades, China has made great efforts to green the land. In 1978, China began a national-level forestation project – the Three North Shelterbelt Forest Program, also known as the "Great Green Wall". The program has seen many trees planted in 13 provinces and autonomous regions in northern China to act as windbreaks, according to China Daily.
在过去的几十年间，中国为绿化付出了大量努力。1978年，中国启动了全国范围的植树造林工程 —— 三北防护林，又被誉为“绿色长城”。据《中国日报》报道，该工程项目在中国北方的13个省和自治区种下了大量树木，形成了防风林。
By the end of 2017, the forest coverage rate among the regions of the project had reached 13.57 percent, compared to 5.05 percent 40 years ago.
In the light of China's success in dealing with desertification, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) believes the country is a good example for others to follow.
"China is one of the most successful countries in greening the desert and has lessons to share with the world," UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim told Xinhua.