Monday, September 03, 2007

UN Issues Desertification Warning

UN issues desertification warning

"Desertification has emerged as an environmental crisis of global proportions, currently affecting an estimated 100 to 200 million people, and threatening the lives and livelihoods of a much larger number," the study said.

The overexploitation of land and unsustainable irrigation practices are making matters worse, while climate change is also a major factor degrading the soil, it says.

The report can be found at the BBC website (PDF).