Local government officials in China have come up with a novel solution for restoring old quarry sites – spraypaint the offending area green.

The no-nonsense take on land remediation took place at Laoshou Mountain in Yunnan province where, instead of costly and time consuming re-foresting of the disused quarry, forestry officials hired a team of seven men to spray the mountainside with garish bright green paint.

The job took 45 days and many people living near the mountain were forced to abandon their homes because of the fumes.

Sam Bond

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