Africa builds ‘Great Green Wall’ of trees to improve farmlands (Science Alert) 

To mitigate environmental issues affecting Africa such as land degradation, the effects of climate change, and a loss of biodiversity, Senegal is leading a 20-nation initiative known as the Great Green Wall. Most notably, this initiative involves erecting a wall of trees across the southern edge of the Sahara desert, which will be 14 km wide and 7,600 km long. When completed, it will be the largest horticultural feature in history. The initiative will also focus on establishing sustainable farming and livestock cultivation, and improving food security.

Africa builds ‘Great Green Wall’ of trees to improve farmlands (Science Alert)

To mitigate environmental issues affecting Africa such as land degradation, the effects of climate change, and a loss of biodiversity, Senegal is leading a 20-nation initiative known as the Great Green Wall. Most notably, this initiative involves erecting a wall of trees across the southern edge of the Sahara desert, which will be 14 km wide and 7,600 km long. When completed, it will be the largest horticultural feature in history. The initiative will also focus on establishing sustainable farming and livestock cultivation, and improving food security.

The Caribbean Sea, viewed from 225 miles above in orbit aboard the International Space Station. Taken while facing northward, the arc of city lights in the upper portion is Miami, Florida. (via The Atlantic)

The Caribbean Sea, viewed from 225 miles above in orbit aboard the International Space Station. Taken while facing northward, the arc of city lights in the upper portion is Miami, Florida. (via The Atlantic)

'Who's Going to Question It?': How U.S. Soldiers Murdered Afghan Civilians - The Atlantic:

In this excerpt from The Kill Team, a documentary by Academy Award-nominee Dan Krauss, U.S. Army soldiers recount the shocking ease with which civilians were murdered in Afghanistan. “Just buy a hand grenade off the books,” says Spc. Adam Winfield. “That’s all you need.”

Three of the soldiers interviewed, including Winfield, Cpl. Jeremy Morlock, Pfc. Andrew Holmes, were ultimately sent to prison for premeditated attacks on innocent Afghans. The documentary follows Winfield’s trial at length, as Krauss considers the roles that conflict, violence, and moral ambiguity played in the “kill team” crimes. For a detailed account of this story, I recommend reading Mark Boal’s exposé in Rolling Stone and Luke Mogelson’s piece in the New York Times Magazine.