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Pakistan Plans to Plant 10 Billion Trees to Fight Climate Change

The violence-plagued country is one of the most vulnerable in the world to climate change.

Pakistan is one of the world’s most dangerous countries, grappling with terror attacks, poverty, religious extremism and crumbling public services.

But its new government is aiming to tackle a different problem by planting 10 billion trees within five years to fight the effects of global warming by restoring the country’s depleted forests.

As well as releasing more oxygen into the atmosphere, trees can protect Pakistan’s fast-eroding landscape by reducing the risk of floods from melting glaciers in its mountainous north.

Former cricket star Imran Khan won last month's violence-plagued election with a high-profile anti-corruption crusade and a promise to transform a political scene long dominated by entrenched family dynasties. (He also pledged to improve ties with the U.S. but was scathing about Washington's drone campaign against militants along the Afghan border.)

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