Azara Blog: Desertification is allegedly the greatest environmental challenge of our times

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Date published: 2007/06/28

The BBC says:

Tens of millions of people could be driven from their homes by encroaching deserts, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia, a report says.

The study by the United Nations University suggests climate change is making desertification "the greatest environmental challenge of our times".

If action is not taken, the report warns that some 50 million people could be displaced within the next 10 years.
"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 largest area affected was probably sub-Saharan Africa, where people are moving to northern Africa or to Europe, while the second area is the former Soviet republics in central Asia, he added.

There is nothing new in this report. And it's amazing how many things are "the greatest environmental challenge of our times". Of course every environmental report these days has to put the biggest blame on climate change, hence the downplaying here of "the overexploitation of land and unsustainable irrigation practices". The common issue underlying all these problems, including climate change, is overpopulation, and the UN (and most so-called environmentalists) never wants to address this.

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