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China has reassigned more than 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in a bid to to tackle global warming and air pollution.
It is hoped that newly-planted forests will cover an area of 32,400 square miles - roughly the size of Ireland - in 2018, as the country aims to increase forest coverage to 23% of total landmass by the end of the decade,The Asia Times reported.
Detachment - People - Liberation - Army - Members
A large detachment of the People's Liberation Army, along with members of the armed police force, have been withdrawn from their posts on the northern border to work on non-military tasks inland.
Most will be deployed Hebei province, which encircles Beijing and is known as a major contributor to the notorious smog which blankets the capital city.
Month - China - World - Forest - City
Earlier this month it was announced that China was constructing the world's first forest city where all buildings are covered in plants and trees to tackle global warming and air pollution.
The Liuzhou Forest City will be home to 30,000 people once completed in a few years' time.
Offices - Houses - Hotels - Hospitals - Schools
Offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools will be entirely covered by a total of 40,000 trees and 1million plants of 100 species.
They will absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pollutants per year and...
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