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60,000 Soldiers In China Will Plant 32,400 Acres Of Trees To Fight Air Pollution

By Koty Neelis

China's air pollution has made headlines over the years for the blanket of smog that overcomes its cities on a regular basis. Poor air quality has forced schools to close or cancel field trips for students, farmers to panic over the health of their crops, and parents to rethink sending their children outside to play. 

With pollution now thought to be the cause of more than a million premature deaths a year, China continues to look for ways to combat air pollution. The latest measure includes reassigning 60,000 soldiers to plant 32,400 acres, an area roughly the size of Ireland, with trees. 

A large regiment of the People’s Liberation Army, as well as the nation’s armed police force, have been tasked to increase the country's forest coverage. The goal is to increase China's forest coverage from 21 percent of its total landmass to 23 per cent by 2020, the China Daily newspaper reported.