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2008-07-12 03:00:16

By Anonymous EXPERTS AGREE THAT an estimated 35 % of land that was cultivatable 50 years ago is now desert in 11 of Nigeria's northern states, but what they are not so sure about is why. 'These are indications of global warming which the world must grapple with/ lgiri West, a Kano-based environmentalist, told IRIN. The level of industrial and vehicular emissions [in industrialised countries] is so high that they are capable of drastically affecting the climate [in northern Nigeria].' But...

2008-06-19 09:00:28

China Exclusive: Massive program aims to hold back the deserts YINCHUAN, June 17 (Xinhua) -- China has started a massive ecological program in its arid northwest to prevent the desertification of Beijing and other areas. The five-year program calls for planting 400,000 hectares of commercial forests around the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region at an annual cost of 1.3 billion yuan (about 188 million U.S. dollars) from central and local government budgets, according to Wang Delin, chief of...

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2007-06-27 21:25:00

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Desertification represents one of the "greatest environmental challenge of our times" and could set off mass migrations of people fleeing degraded homelands, a United Nations report warned Thursday. The report called on governments in arid regions to revise rules on land use to halt overgrazing and unsustainable irrigation practices. It also urged better coordinated policies to address the problem of desertification. "It is imperative that effective policies and...

2007-05-29 12:00:24

Deforestation causes concern in Zimbabwe HARARE, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The destruction of forests in Zimbabwe is accelerating desertification, an official has said. The Environment Education and Publicity Manager for the Environmental Management Agency Philip Manyaza was quoted by ZBC News on Wednesday as saying that while efforts have been made to educate the public on the importance of indigenous trees the country continues to lose forest areas as people are cutting down trees...

2006-06-05 09:40:00

By Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS (Reuters) - The United Nations used World Environment Day on Monday to warn that the growth of deserts was a growing obstacle to ending poverty and a threat to peace. To mark the day under the slogan "Don't desert drylands!," environmentalists were planting trees to slow erosion, cleaning cities, going on marches and holding special lessons in school. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose largely desert country was officially hosting the campaign, urged...

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2006-06-05 09:20:00

By Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS -- The United Nations used World Environment Day on Monday to warn that the growth of deserts was a growing obstacle to ending poverty and a threat to peace. To mark the day under the slogan "Don't desert drylands!," environmentalists were planting trees to slow erosion, cleaning cities, going on marches and holding special lessons in school. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose largely desert country was officially hosting the campaign, urged the...

2006-06-05 07:45:00

By Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS (Reuters) - The United Nations used World Environment Day on Monday to warn that land turning to desert is a growing obstacle to ending poverty and a threat to peace. To mark the day under the slogan "Don't desert drylands!," environmentalists were planting trees to slow erosion, cleaning cities, going on marches and holding special lessons in school. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose largely-desert country was officially hosting the campaign, urged...

2006-06-04 17:15:06

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - From Australia to Zambia, activists mark World Environment Day on Monday with the United Nations warning that desertification was a main obstacle to ending poverty and can trigger conflicts. Environmentalists planned tree plantings to slow erosion, city clean-ups, rallies or school lessons about risks of desertification to mark June 5, an annual U.N. day aimed at encouraging ordinary people to protect the planet. Wielding...

2006-05-30 01:55:00

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING -- A giant dust bowl is forming across northern China, converting swathes of arable land to desert and triggering sandstorms whose impact carries across the Pacific, a leading environmentalist said on Tuesday. Lester Brown, of the Washington-based Earth Policy Institute, said China was far from arresting the problem he attributed to overgrazing and falling water tables in the country whose landmass is already one-third desert. "There are huge areas there that were once...

2006-05-29 03:25:00

BEIJING -- China, with desert covering one third of its landmass, is slowing the rate at which desertification is eating up arable and other land but the problem remains serious, a government official said on Monday. At the end of the last century, areas affected by desertification in China were expanding at an annual rate of 10,400 square km (4,015 sq mile), said Zhu Lieke, deputy head of the State Forestry Administration. This had now slowed to about 3,000 square km a year, he told a news...


Latest Desertification Reference Libraries

Desertification
2013-04-02 09:46:56

Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a comparatively dry land area becomes more and more arid, normally losing its bodies of water along with its wildlife and vegetation. This is a result of a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is an important global, ecological, and environmental issue. There is substantial controversy over the proper definition of the term “desertification”. The most broadly accepted of these is that of...

Deforestation
2009-05-27 18:12:50

Deforestation is the act or process of removing trees from forested lands by cutting or burning. There are many reasons for deforestation. Logs are sold as a commodity and cleared lands can be used for pastures and human settlements. The damage caused by deforestation, however, can be great. If land is not somewhat reforested it can cause damage to habitats for wildlife and other plant life, affect the aridity of the region, and possibly encourage degradation into wasteland. Due to negligent...

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