It's a broadsheet of optimism until the third-to-last-paragraph lays out the prognosis for the future:
Dr. Cook’s long-term projections, based on a variety of climate models, point to longer and more frequent dry periods in the Sahel, caused by rising temperatures in the Gulf of Guinea.And that's coming now no matter how many trees get planted. Sigh.
Update: Head Heeb, who remains the gold standard in foreign policy blogging, talks about how Niger is in danger of falling victim to "desertification-driven ethnic conflicts." Double sigh.