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: