China to Plant New Forests the Size of Ireland This Year

China ‘s government announced plans for a major reforestation project. The country aims to grow about 6.66 million hectares of new forests this year, an area roughly the size of Ireland. The announcement was made last week by Zhang Jianlong, the head of China’s State Forestry Administration, in an effort to shed the country’s image as a major polluter and become a global environmental leader, the Telegraph reported. China is the world’s largest emitter and remains heavily dependent on coal, but the country has been cleaning