Desertification

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From 1m trees to a tree graveyard: how Dubai’s conservation plans went awry
Hundreds of thousands of trees have died after costly real estate projects thwarted attempts to halt desertification

Richa Syal

24, Aug, 2021 @10:20 AM

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Africa's Great Green Wall just 4% complete halfway through schedule
Report calls for more support if plan to plant 100m hectares of vegetation is to be realised

Jonathan Watts Global environment editor

07, Sep, 2020 @4:57 PM

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Ancient fish dinners chart Sahara’s shift from savannah to desert
Bones of fish eaten by humans thousands of years ago offer clue to region’s ancient climate

Nicola Davis

19, Feb, 2020 @7:00 PM

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Ethiopia plants 350m trees in a day to help tackle climate crisis
National ‘green legacy’ initiative aims to reduce environmental degradation

Anna Ploszajski

29, Jul, 2019 @4:03 PM

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Water shortages to be key environmental challenge of the century, Nasa warns
Freshwater supplies have already seriously declined in 19 global hotspots – from China to the Caspian Sea – due to overuse, groundbreaking study shows

Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent

16, May, 2018 @5:00 PM

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Land degradation threatens human wellbeing, major report warns
More than 3.2bn people are already affected and the problem will worsen without rapid action, driving migration and conflict

Jonathan Watts in Medellín

26, Mar, 2018 @1:30 PM

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'If the land isn't worked, it decays': Tunisia's battle to keep the desert at bay
With vast swaths of Tunisia’s countryside turning to desert, the race is on to ensure there is land left to cultivate

Simon Speakman Cordall in El Fahs

13, Oct, 2017 @11:11 AM

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Will Africa’s Great Green Wall discourage migration to Europe?
By 2020, 60 million people from sub-Saharan Africa are expected to migrate because of desertification. The Great Green Wall is a $8bn project restoring degraded land. But will it encourage people to stay or earn the money to go?

Jill Filipovic

19, Jul, 2017 @8:54 AM

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TE Lawrence dust-storm notes enlighten weather crews 100 years on
Weatherwatch A ferocious whirling haboob that beset Lawrence of Arabia east of the Red Sea offers Met Office insight into strange storms

Kate Ravilious

16, May, 2017 @8:30 PM

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'Cloud fishing' reels in precious water for villagers in rural Morocco | Celeste Hicks
A fog harvesting project in an arid region of Morocco solves water stress and means women no longer have to fetch water, enabling them to train or learn

Celeste Hicks in Taloust

26, Dec, 2016 @9:00 AM

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Sudan's farmers work to save good soils as climate change brings desert closer | Hannah McNeish
Haphazard rains and increasing desertification in the eastern state of Gedaref are destroying previously fertile soil and leaving villagers unable to farm

Hannah McNeish in Gedaref

19, Dec, 2016 @7:00 AM

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'We have been almost buried': the Sudanese villages being swallowed by sand
Climate change and deforestation mean people who once lived among trees now go to bed not knowing if their homes will be lost to the desert by morning. Villagers are learning how to adapt and stop the sand

Hannah McNeish in El Damer, Sudan

17, Nov, 2016 @12:32 PM

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