Facebook. Turning goats into water: A solution for the desert. How southern Africa is coping with worst global food crisis for 25 years. Angola Drought is affecting 1.4 million people across seven of Angola’s 18 provinces.
Food prices have rocketed and acute malnutrition rates have doubled, with more than 95,000 children affected. Food insecurity is expected to worsen from July to the end of the year. Botswana Three years of drought have hit the country’s livestock and arable farming sectors hard. Mozambique A “red alert” has been announced for southern and central provinces. Malawi Up to 8 million people, or half the country, will need food aid after a second year of drought and disastrous floods in 2015. Namibia About 500,000 Namibians are dependent on government food aid after crops failed for a third year running. South Africa Seven provinces have declared a drought crisis. Swaziland Food prices have escalated and the country’s staple food, maize, has been subject to a 66% price hike since January.
Google. The Earth's Driest Desert Just Exploded In A Sea Of Pink Flowers. The Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the driest deserts on the Earth, once going more than 170 months without so much as a drop of rain.
Beneath that desert are the dormant bulbs of the rare malva flowers. The desert usually only gets enough rain once per decade to bring them to life, and this has been that year. Ethiopian farmers made a desert bloom again. Ethiopia is in the middle of the worst drought in 50 years.
It’s the sort of shock to the system we are likely to see more of with climate change. But Ethiopia is also home to a successful experiment to make the land more resilient to drought. If we are going to adapt to our changing world, it’s experiments like these that will show us the way. In the steep fields of Ethiopia’s highlands, when rain falls on the parched, overworked land it runs downhill, carrying soil with it. Farmers commonly lose 130 tons of soil per hectare a year, comparable to the worst erosion documented on U.S. farms in recent history. This cycle turned a watershed in Adisghe County, Ethiopia, into a near desert, prompting the government to consider moving the farmers. Scientific Facts on Desertification. Home » Desertification » Level 1.
China is building another great wall — of trees. To hold back the desert. As of this writing, the Gobi Desert in northern China/southern Mongolia is about half a million square miles (1.3 million km2) in area.
Yes, that's “as of this writing" — because the Gobi Desert is growing. Due to something called “desertification," about 1,400 square miles (3,600 km2) of China's otherwise arable land is turned into desert each year, as the Gobi creeps further and further south. To make matters worse, winds often pick up the sand, blowing it toward the densely populated areas in China, resulting in immense dust storms. India: 200,000 refugees in Assam's devastating floods. More than 40% of the region is at risk and severe floods occur every few years, eroding riverbanks and dumping large amounts of sand on farmland, often rendering lands infertile.
Heavy flooding has affected more than a million people in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, with 45 dead and more than 200,000 in relief camps. And yet there is still very little coverage of the disaster in the international media - perhaps not surprising when you consider even most Indians aren't paying attention. Nestle Continues Stealing World's Water During Drought. Nestlé is draining California aquifers, from Sacramento alone taking 80 million gallons annually.
Nestlé then sells the people's water back to them at great profit under many dozen brand names. The Arrowhead Mountain Water Company bottling plant, owned by Swiss conglomerate Nestle, on the Morongo Indian Reservation near Cabazon, Calif. Photo credit: Damian Dovarganes/AP. Climate renews famine risk to Africa's Sahel. In 2000, 19% of the Sahel's total primary production was consumed.
Ten years later, consumption had increased to 41%. Interactive Dust Bowl. Conserving soil: precious, finite and under threat. Our very survival depends on this very thin layer of soil that is found in only a small fraction of the earth's surface.
Moreover slow rates of soil formation mean soil is effectively a finite and limited resource. Healthy soils deliver a wide range of ecosystem goods and services that can be linked to human well-being and national economic status. At a time when global demand for food is increasing, protecting soil resources is at the heart of future food security, as over 94% of our food comes from soil. Soil is also the source of fibre, fodder and (bio)fuel production and offers a habitat to diverse flora and fauna that are the foundation of the food chain. Soil stores water to reduce the impacts of flooding and droughts that are predicted to increase under future climate change scenarios. Soils also hold vast amounts of carbon, which helps mitigate the effect of greenhouse gas emissions and associated global warming. The impact of 'land mining' on future food production. Over-grazing and desertification in the Syrian steppe are the root causes of war.
A major role in this unfolding disaster was played by affluent urban investors who threw thousands of livestock into the steppe turning the grazing into a large-scale, totally unsustainable, industrial practice.
Back in 2009, I dared to forecast that if the rampant desertification process gripping the Syrian steppe was not halted soon, it could eventually become a trigger for social turmoil and even for a civil war.