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A 'Green' Blessing Raises Questions

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Science  26 Mar 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5973, pp. 1570
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5973.1570

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South Korea's controversial plan to transform the ecology of four rivers has become an improbable poster child of the Green New Deal movement. In October 2008, the United Nations Environment Programme launched an initiative to encourage governments then planning recession-fighting stimulus packages to support environmentally friendly projects and forge what UNEP called a "Global Green New Deal." A huge chunk of South Korea's Green New Deal spending was budgeted for "river restoration," specifically the Four Major Rivers Project, an engineering scheme that critics charge is anything but friendly to the environment (see main text).