If this trend continues, 95 percent of the Earth’s land areas could become degraded by 2050.
The interconnectedness of it all:
Land degradation, biodiversity loss, and climate change are three different faces of the same central challenge: the increasingly dangerous impact of our choices on the health of our natural environment.
Immediate drivers of land degradation are pollution, deforestation, and aggressive agricultural production. But:
Underlying drivers of land degradation, says the report, are the high-consumption lifestyles in the most developed economies, combined with rising consumption in developing and emerging economies.
Here’s how one herder lives amidst China’s desertification:
Both sad and frightening. The Guardian (and Scientific American) also noted this a few years back. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/25/treating-soil-like-dirt-fatal-mistake-human-life
Yes. I remember you talking about this in the past.
That Chinese herder, wow, just wow. It’s so immediate for him, and he’s just one example.
The Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, has one job, to protect human health and the environment. One job. Scott Pruitt has ONE JOB.