Deserts

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Weatherwatch: sandstorms and occasional floods in the Sahara
Western Sahara is one of the driest places on the planet, prone to sandstorms and occasional flash floods

Stephen Moss

05, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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‘Sun-powered orgasms are fantastic’: why I went to live in a desert cave
Armed with only a solar charger, a vibrator and some marijuana gummy bears, I rode out the pandemic – and my fear of spiders – in a California commune

Stephanie Theobald

02, Oct, 2021 @8:45 AM

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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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‘Our biggest challenge? Lack of imagination’: the scientists turning the desert green
In China, scientists have turned vast swathes of arid land into a lush oasis. Now a team of maverick engineers want to do the same to the Sinai

Steve Rose

20, Mar, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Pollutionwatch: how much Sahara desert dust do we breathe?
Dust that swept Europe in February affects weather systems but also contains many allergens

Gary Fuller

12, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Weatherwatch: Namibia is full of climate surprises
A cool ocean current and a high capital bring surprising variety to a country of vast deserts

Stephen Moss

16, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Out in the wild: how Ken Layne created an alternative to clickbait in the desert
The Desert Oracle, the former Wonkette owner’s pocket-sized magazine, has proven a cult hit while refusing to establish an online presence

Dominic Rushe

07, Dec, 2020 @10:00 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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Weatherwatch: the winds of Mars can move
High resolution images from Mars have found that the planet’s thin atmosphere can whip up unexpectedly strong winds

Kate Ravilious

14, Aug, 2020 @8:30 PM

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Texas’s cactus cops battle to save rare desert beauty from smuggling gangs
Agents on US-Mexico border seize thousands of plants illegally pulled out of the ground by criminals

Rob Walker

20, Jun, 2020 @1:00 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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Weatherwatch: the surprisingly varied climate in Algeria
The Mediterranean coast, Altas Mountains and the Sahara all have very different weather conditions

Stephen Moss

13, Jan, 2020 @9:30 PM

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