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#94505
2013-07-05

Living Laboratory for Coping with Drought in Brazil

RIACHÃO DO JACUIPE, Brazil, Jul 4 2013 (IPS) - The first surprise on arriving at Abel Manto’s farm is how green it is, in contrast with the dry brown surroundings. His beans and fruit trees seem oblivious to the persistent drought in the semi-arid hinterland of northeast Brazil, the worst in 50 ...

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#94300
2013-06-18

United Nations urges global efforts to respond to drought

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- United Nations officials say global action is needed to improve responses to the threat of drought around the world.

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#93828
2013-05-22

Miracle in the Sahara: Oasis Sediments Archive Dramatic History

A marvel of nature, the lakes of Ounianga in the Sahara Desert have lasted thousands of years and withstood dramatic climate change. Now, a German geologist has analyzed lakebed sediments to shed light on a spectacular chapter in human history.

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#93694
2013-05-15

Protecting Niger’s Desert Salt Pans

BILMA, Niger, May 15 2013 (IPS) - The Bilma community has mined the salt pans in the massive Ténéré desert region in northern Niger for centuries. But the threat of the ever-encroaching desert has become a real concern as locals here struggle to cope with a decline in salt prices

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#93572
2013-05-08

Desertification affects 400m Chinese

Some 400 million Chinese people's livelihoods are affected by desertification, which takes up 27.46 percent of the total land area, said a forestry official on Tuesday.

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#93561
2013-05-07

Abrupt rain brings out rare butterflies

The earlier concerns of entomologists in Kuwait regarding the disappearance of a rare species of butterfly, Painted Ladies, has been put to rest by the recent bouts of rain, says Mohammed Marafie, Entomologist at Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources

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#93288
2013-04-17

African Nations Strive to Stem Desertification With a 'Great Green Wall'

Stretching from Dakar to Djibouti, a United Nations-backed programme dubbed the 'Great Green Wall' brings together 11 countries to plant trees across Africa to literally hold back the Sahara desert with a swathe of greenery, lessen the effects of desertification and improve the lives and livelih ...

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#93300
2013-04-17

Scientists struggling to put land degradation into SDGs

[BONN, GERMANY] Lack of data and poor communication by scientists may be keeping land degradation and desertification off the sustainable development agenda, experts warned the UN Convention to Combat Desertification's (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference last week (9–12 April).

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#93302
2013-04-17

Desertification crisis affecting 168 countries worldwide, study shows

Severe land degradation is now affecting 168 countries across the world, according to new research released by the UN Desertification Convention (UNCCD).

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#93280
2013-04-16

Developing nations have 'more to lose' from loss of drylands

[BONN, GERMANY] Developing countries have much more to lose from land degradation than developed ones, as the economic value of dryland ecosystems — determined by factors including food and raw material production, ecosystem services and tourism — is far greater there, according to a study.

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#93256
2013-04-15

Data dearth impeding fight against desertification

[BONN, GERMANY] The lack of location-specific scientific data on the degradation of land, and the dearth of networks through which to share such data where it does exist, are hampering the fight against desertification, a conference has heard.

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#93164
2013-04-10

Land Degradation Involves Huge Costs

Some 600 scientists, government officials and representatives of civil society organizations are gathered in Bonn to carry out the first ever comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of desertification, land degradation and drought. During the meetings, concluding April 19, governments will for the f ...

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#93047
2013-04-02

New efforts to protect Jordan's Wadi Rum desert

Humankind has left his mark on Jordan’s Wadi Rum since prehistoric times. The unique desert last year was granted UNESCO heritage status as a natural and cultural site - and is now paying the price.

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#92864
2013-03-22

Desertification: We need to win

Tanzania is faced with many threats, dangers and risks. Wondering why? The depletion of her forests and the general mismanagement of the environment are but only a few of the most visible.

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#92768
2013-03-15

Transparency Could Tighten Drought Policy

GENEVA, Mar 15 2013 (IPS) - Scientists gathered in Geneva for the first High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) in over 30 years have identified data collection and sharing as some of the main challenges to effective prevention of drought. Clear goals and strong political will are ...

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#92576
2013-03-05

Greening the drylands

Several efforts have been made in the past to green the State’s drylands. Among them is the joint forest planning and management programme implemented in 1993.

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#92056
2013-02-07

Desert bacteria could help boost crop yields

[CAIRO] Desert soil microbes could help halt desertification and boost agriculture in arid regions of the Middle East and North Africa, according to a study.

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#91876
2013-01-23

Cotton could be desert water source

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Cotton with a special coating that collects water from fog is a potential solution to provide water in desert regions, Dutch researchers say.

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#91615
2012-12-17

Rwanda: Land Degradation Costs Rwanda U.S. $70 Million Annually

A German researcher has revealed that Rwanda loses $77 million due to land degradation every year.

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#91028
2012-11-05

Lake Aibi shrinks as desertification rises

BEIJING, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- China faces a losing battle to restore Lake Aibi's ecosystem due to worsening desertification in the region of the salt lake, officials say.

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#90423
2012-09-21

Land degradation causes poverty

WINDHOEK - Namibia is the driest African country south of the Sahara, sandwiched between two deserts and plagued by extreme variations in rainfall.

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#90086
2012-09-10

Desert diversity cut by ‘human activities’

Analysis of the human impact on dryland ecosystems suggests it is “drastically changing” mammal communities.

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#90071
2012-09-07

Desert diversity cut by 'human activities'

Humans may be destabilising desert ecosystems across the world, according to a new study.

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#89880
2012-08-22

UN calls on nations to adopt urgent drought policies

Farmers from Africa to India struggle with lack of rainfall while the US endures the worst drought for decades

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#89122
2012-07-05

China Battles Desertification

CHIFENG, Inner Mongolia, China, Jul 5 2012 (IPS) - As scientists increasingly label desertification as one of the most burning challenges facing the world today, a small village in China’s semi-arid Northeastern region of Inner Mongolia is fighting back.

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#88894
2012-06-22

Anti-desertification plan gets official launch in Rio

[RIO DE JANEIRO] Organisations from Africa, Brazil and France have officially launched a scientific collaboration to fight desertification in Africa.

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#88815
2012-06-21

Anti-desertification plan gets official launch in Rio

[RIO DE JANEIRO] Organisations from Africa, Brazil and France have officially launched a scientific collaboration to fight desertification in Africa.

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#88750
2012-06-18

World News: UN officials stress importance of healthy soils to sustainable development

Top United Nations officials have called for greater efforts to preserve the soils on which human subsistence depends and to halt and reverse land degradation.

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#88349
2012-06-04

"Land Is Our Natural Ally, But Its Patience Is Not Eternal"

BERLIN, Jun 4, 2012 (IPS) - Land degradation poses a threat to all life on Earth including humanity. To stop the enormous loss of life-giving land, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is pushing for a sustainable development goal of Zero Net Land Degradation (ZNLD) to ...

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#88202
2012-05-28

Meerkat survival 'threatened by inbreeding'

The survival chances of meerkats is being threatened by inbreeding, according to a new study.

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#87314
2012-04-19

Rio+20 should make sustainable land use a top priority

World leaders must promote effective land use methods to mitigate drought, says Luc Gnacadja of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

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#86042
2012-02-22

Three-Quarters of "Breadbasket" Is Drylands

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 22, 2012 (IPS) - How has Argentina managed to maintain its image as one of the world's breadbaskets when a full three-fourths of its territory consists of drylands? This was one of the questions raised by the scientists who decided to create the National Observatory on Land Deg ...

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#85104
2012-01-17

Preserving biodiversity 'protects drylands'

The impacts of climate change and desertification on drylands could be reduced by preserving biodiversity, one of the first studies to look at dryland biodiversity and ecosystems has found.

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#84972
2012-01-10

Brown Revolution Brings New Hope

VICTORIA FALLS, Jan 10, 2012 (IPS) - Picking spots for cattle to graze could reverse desertification and even do its bit to retard climate change, new experiments in Zimbabwe have shown. It’s what is coming to be called the Brown Revolution.

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#84962
2012-01-09

A Crust of Dust: Degradation of Desert Topsoil by Human Activities May Wreak Havoc with the Environment

Desert soil has a living crust that is essential for fixing nitrogen, a critical plant nutrient, and for avoiding erosion that produces a swirl of itinerant dust.

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#84662
2011-12-20

UN Calls For Halting Land Degradation

BERLIN (IDN) - As the international community heads towards Rio+20 to commemorate the historic Earth Summit in June 1992, a senior United Nations official has called for bold actions to put a halt to poverty-generating land degradation. The UN conference in Brazil stressed the need for tangoing ...

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#83676
2011-11-14

Q&A: "Grabbing of Drylands is a Serious Concern"

NEW DELHI, Nov 13 , 2011 (IPS) - Designated Drylands Ambassador, United Nations Convention for Combating Desertification (UNCCD), at its 10th Conference of the Parties (COP10) in South Korea in October, Dennis Garrity is mandated to raise awareness of land degradation.

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#83219
2011-10-26

Hard Targets Needed to Halt Land Degradation Crisis

CHANGWON, South Korea, Oct 25, 2011 (IPS) - Every six seconds, a child dies of hunger-related causes. That disturbing reality seems as remote as the moon here in the ultra-modern Changwon Convention Centre, where delegates struggled to create effective ways to stem the ongoing decline of food-pr ...

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#83051
2011-10-21

"The Man Who Stopped the Desert"

CHANGWON, South Korea, Oct 19, 2011 (IPS) - Yacouba Sawadogo, a peasant farmer from Burkina Faso, is known as the "man who stopped the desert." But when he first tried to save his arid land from desertification by planting the trees that have since grown into a 15-hectare forest, people in his v ...

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#83013
2011-10-20

"The Man Who Stopped the Desert"

CHANGWON, South Korea, Oct 19, 2011 (IPS) - Yacouba Sawadogo, a peasant farmer from Burkina Faso, is known as the "man who stopped the desert." But when he first tried to save his arid land from desertification by planting the trees that have since grown into a 15-hectare forest, people in his v ...

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#82974
2011-10-19

Gender Deserted at Drylands Meet

CHANGWON, Oct 19, 2011 (IPS) - Delegates to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s (UNCCD) meeting underway in this South Korean city are convinced that women, though affected most by desertification, hold the key to addressing hunger through land regeneration.

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#83001
2011-10-19

Forum agrees on plans for land management

The world’s only legally binding forum against desertification announced on Tuesday its roadmap, dubbed the Changwon Initiative, renewing 194 countries’ commitment to land regeneration.

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#83002
2011-10-19

Pacific Resources Not to be Taken for Granted

18 October 2011, Changwon Korea - Understanding the resources we have in the Pacific cannot be taken for granted has hit home for the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Forest of Fiji, Viliame Naupoto.

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#82945
2011-10-18

Severe Drought, Other Changes Can Cause Permanent Ecosystem Disruption

ScienceDaily (Oct. 17, 2011) — An eight-year study has concluded that increasingly frequent and severe drought, dropping water tables and dried-up springs have pushed some aquatic desert ecosystems into "catastrophic regime change," from which many species will not recover.

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#82949
2011-10-18

Looking to the Sahel for Lessons in Pushing Back Deserts

CHANGWON, South Korea, Oct 17, 2011 (IPS) - Nearly all our food comes from the Earth's limited food- producing lands, but those lands continue to be degraded, guaranteeing far higher food prices and less food in the future, experts warn.

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#82914
2011-10-17

Preventing Desertification Better Than Cure

CHANGWON, Oct 16, 2011 (IPS) - "Humanity is the only desert-making species and we’ve been degrading usable land at one percent per year," says Luc Gnacadja, executive secretary of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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#82846
2011-10-14

Conference Renews Eroded Efforts to Combat Desertification

CHANGWON, South Korea, Oct 13, 2011 (IPS) - Degradation of land is the world's quiet crisis, undercutting food production, increasing water scarcity, impoverishing hundreds of millions of people and affecting two billion overall. Nearly 20 million square kilometres of the earth's arable lands – ...

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#82745
2011-10-11

U.N. opens desertification forum in Changwon

The first U.N. meeting to combat desertification to be held in Korea will focus on defining standards to measure progression of land degradation, a step essential to boost international support and funding, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification said.

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#82746
2011-10-11

Scientific and financial backing essential to fight droughts and famine – UN agency

10 October 2011 – Scientific and financial resources are needed to counter the growing risks of droughts that all too frequently lead to famine and poverty, the United Nations said today as a conference opened in the Republic of Korea on desertification.

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#82627
2011-10-05

World Will Pay Dear If It Fails to Combat Land Degradation

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 5, 2011 (IPS) - Land degradation threatens populations and their livelihoods, driving food insecurity and decreasing productivity. Yet no comprehensive action has been taken to address this issue, and if none is taken now, degradation and all of its serious implications for t ...

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