Portugal has seen little rain since October 2021. By the end of January, 45 per cent of the country was enduring ‘severe’ or ‘extreme’ drought conditions.
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If the world overshoots its climate targets, drought could cause dryland areas to expand by a quarter and encompass half the Earth’s land area, threatening lives and livelihoods.
Farmers working the land in the Western Sahara, Egypt.
A changing climate threatens the balance that communities in drylands have created.
An oasis in the Sahara Desert, Libya.
Wetlands in drylands seem impossible, but their benefits to people and wildlife are very real.
To lessen the impacts of flash flooding in dry regions like Jordan, we need to educate local authorities on how best to manage their water.
One third of the world’s land has been severely degraded from its natural state.
A Land Degradation Surveillance framework could solve this problem by systematically measuring and tracking indicators of land health in Africa.
A farmer plows a dry and dusty cotton field near Phoenix, Ariz., while a drought affects the Southwest.
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Desertification is a problem of global proportions. If action isn’t taken now, it will accelerate and fuel further migration and conflict.
A woman sells charcoal in Nairobi, Kenya.
There are some big misconceptions about the charcoal sector and its role in environmental damage.
Sudden droughts are bad news for political stability worldwide.
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.
Replanting forests in China is a great initiative but it can also prove to be disastrous for water management.
China has successfully implemented afforestation to counter desertification. But, today, it faces another risk: its waters are declining.
The world’s driest areas are tipped to get even drier, with potentially worrying implications for soil productivity.
The world’s ‘drylands’ – already home to 38% of the world’s people – are set to dry out even more. And that could harm the soil microbes that keep soils healthy and help crops to grow.