Because the interactions between trees, soils, crops and livestock can be positive or negative, their relationship must be balanced and understood.
Scientists have modelled the effects of huge hypothetical energy projects in the desert.
Desertification is a problem of global proportions. If action isn't taken now, it will accelerate and fuel further migration and conflict.
A new international report makes for bleak reading on the state of the world's soils. It predicts that land degradation will displace up to 700 million people worldwide by mid-century.
Africa's great green wall suffers from a major mismatch between ambition and effort. But that's not to say it should be ditched altogether.
Poverty and conflict mean the nation is struggling to deal with rising temperatures.
The world's biggest desert used to be green, lush and full of hippos. A new theory suggests humans could have tipped the environment over the edge.
As grassland turns to desert, dust is blown into the atmosphere and across oceans.
On the African continent, more fire for crops leads to less rainfall.