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Coverage of desertification since June 17, 2020.

Climate change in antiquity: mass emigration due to water scarcity

"...The oasis-like Faiyum region, roughly 130 km south-west of Cairo, was the breadbasket of the Roman Empire. Yet at the end of the third century CE, numerous formerly thriving settlements there declined and were ultimately abandoned by their inhabitants. Previous excavations and contemporary papyri have shown that problems with field irrigation were the cause..."

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FROM THE FIELD: The microscopic creatures helping build Africa’s Great Green Wall

"...The UN Secretary-General has called for “a new contract for nature” to address ongoing global challenges connected to land degradation, such as forced migration, hunger and climate change..."

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Photovoltaics industry can help meet Paris agreement targets

"...WASHINGTON, October 27, 2020 -- To meet the Paris Agreement's daunting goal of preventing Earth's average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3. 6 degrees Fahrenheit) above its level in preindustrial times, one of the best options for the energy economy will involve a shift to 100% renewable energy using solar energy and several other clean energy sources..."

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Africa climate change report reveals heat rising north and south, Sahel getting wetter

"...“In recent months we have seen devastating floods, an invasion of desert locusts and now face the looming spectre of drought because of a La Niña event. The human and economic toll has been aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in a statement.  ..."

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How the food we eat can reverse climate change The Oshawa Express

"...-The film offers a timely suggestion of how regenerating crop and lands is one of the best ways to clean waterways, and to halt desertification, (the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture).   More importantly we can attract carbon out of the atmosphere and store it in the Earth, a crucial step towards reversing climate change..."

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Atmospheric dust levels are rising in the Great Plains: Dust increases reflect farming practices and climate trends reminiscent

"...In the 1930s, a drought blanketed the Great Plains, from Mexico to Canada. This wouldn't have been such a big deal except that in the 1920s Midwestern farmers had converted vast tracts of grassland into farmland using mechanical plows. When the crops failed in the drought the open areas of land that used to be covered by grass, which held soil tightly in place, were now bare dirt, vulnerable to wind erosion..."

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Reversing land degradation can ‘pre-empt and manage’ conflicts

"...In a virtual briefing on the humanitarian impact of continued degradation, peace and security, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Ibrahim Thiaw, reminded the Council that environmental protection was vital for “our health, our wealth and our wellbeing”.  ..."

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Sustainable U: The Eco footprint and you

"...Earth overshoot day was Aug. 22, the date that humanity has exhausted nature's budget for that year. The length of time proceeding this date means that we are drawing a deficit of resources stocks and above accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere..."

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Sustainable U: What is sustainability?

"...It is also a catchphrase for intergenerational ethics in which the capacity of humans to endure in the long run is not diminished regardless of wealth, utility or welfare and suggests that one should live within one’s means. It was put into practice at the Rio Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 by the newly established United Nations Programme of Action on Sustainable Development. Because of its broad definition, it encompasses everything from pollution and Greenhouse Gas emissions affecting the ozone layer and accelerating global warming, loss of biodiversity and endangerment and/or extinction of various biomes habitat species, managing the finite supply of natural resources and depletion and so much more..."

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It’s Time to Put Climate Action at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

"...Past U. S. efforts to advance global action, such as Washington’s leadership to help secure the 2015 Paris climate agreement, have been key to progress..."

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Why I Believe Climate Change Is Not the End of the World

"...Two more IPCC reports would follow in 2019, both of which warned of similarly dire consequences: worsening natural disasters, sea-level rise, desertification, and land degradation. Moderate warming of 1. 5 degrees Celsius would cause “long-lasting or irreversible” harm, they said, and climate change might devastate food production and landscapes..."

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Connecting the People Growing a Trillion Trees the Right Way

"...Trees and other nature-based solutions help communities adapt to climate change and can provide up to 37% of the annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions needed by 2030. Trees and forests stop erosion in its tracks, regulate water supplies, keep the soil fertile and boost crop yields. And for every $1 invested in tree restoration, people can earn up to $30 in direct benefits..."

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Climate change in Romania | DW Documentary

"...What’s already happening in Oltenia is also threatening other parts of Europe, as the continent feels the effects of climate change: one summer of drought after another, with serious consequences for both environment and agriculture..."

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What Do We Do With Nuclear Waste? | Nuclear Hope | Spark

"...In the 1950s and 60s, nuclear energy programs started with great optimism and excitement for the future..."

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Climate change in the desert | DW Documentary

"...Sandstorms are becoming more and more frequent, groundwater levels are sinking and palm trees are shrivelling up and dying..."

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Megaprojects: Terraforming The Sahara | Answers With Joe

"...A team of researchers have figured out how to turn the Sahara desert into lush, green farmland..."

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Sustainable grazing land management to protect ecosystem services

"...Sustainable grazing land management (SGLM) is crucial to prevent land degradation and support food security and human well-being and may contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation..."

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Spatial-temporal shifts of ecological vulnerability of Karst Mountain ecosystem-impacts of global change and anthropogenic inter

"...Results show the following: (1) Dynamic weight determination method has good application in the study of ecological vulnerability in long-term series, and the threshold of vulnerability classification based on NPP can ensure the comparability of ecological vulnerability evaluation results in different periods; (2) From 2000 to 2015, the southwest karst mountain region generally belonged to the moderate vulnerability category, and a decreasing trend is observed from the Sichuan–Yunnan–Guizhou border area to its surrounding region in a spatial distribution pattern; (3) In the past 15 years, the ecological vulnerability of the southwest karst mountain region increased first and then decreased; (4) The spatial–temporal change pattern of ecological vulnerability in the southwest karst mountain region is significantly affected by GDP of different industries, precipitation, soil erosion, rocky desertification..."

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Deforestation of rainforests requires active use of UN's Sustainable Development Goals

"...The management of forests sustainability spans across at least eight of the 17 UN SDGs mainly to combat desertification, halt biodiversity loss, and reverse land degradation..."

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Climate Changings: New Paradigms of Contemporary Architecture

"...Zero land consumption/bio-remediation; Building within the built, leaving nature its time to react; Bioclimatic architecture that produces energy rather than consume it; Architecture and Nature, the architecture as prostheses of nature; Cooperation between constellations of cities as opposed to competition between metropolises - decentralization against desertification; Flexibility and reversibility of Architecture using recyclable materials? reuse and prudent recovery; Architecture?s new ethic..."

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Metal-based nanomaterials for efficient CO2 electroreduction: Recent advances in mechanism, material design and selectivity

"...Increasing global demands for energy supply have accelerated fossil fuel consumption, triggering a gradual increase in atmospheric CO2, leading to adverse environmental effects of global warming, desertification and ocean acidification..."

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What Is Happening to the World?s Coral Reefs?

"...The consequences of local and regional activities are vast, including the ever-expanding impacts of environmental pollutants, coastal development, land-use in the watersheds, and even desertification in distant places that result in dust and smoke plumes that cross oceans and carry microbes..."

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Usefulness of Surface Water Retention Reservoirs Inspired by ?Permaculture Design?: A Case Study in Southern Spain Using Bucket

"...Moreover, modelling-based scenario analyses can help better understand the dynamics and extent of its potential in establishing an effective and economically viable land restoration process for the region, taking into account climate change projections of increasing desertification in the Mediterranean basin, thereby contributing to the water-soil-food nexus, addressing sustainable development goals (SDGs) related to food (2), water (6), responsible consumption and production (12), climate action (13) and life on land (15)..."

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Ethnoindicators of environmental change: Local knowledge used for rangeland management among smallholders of Patagonia

"...The types of environmental change recorded were short term (such as droughts) and long term (such as desertification)..."

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Impact of knowledge, concern and awareness about global warming and global climatic change on environmental behavior

"...Changes in the climate resulting from global warming cause increases in meteorological events such as drought, desertification, imbalance and deviations of precipitation, floods, typhoon, storm and tornado..."

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Pattern of household vulnerability to desertification in Yobe state, Nigeria

"...These measures are poverty reduction, alternative sources of energy; enhance food security through good agricultural practices and development of cattle ranches..."

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3D-CNN based UAV hyperspectral imagery for grassland degradation indicator ground object classification research

"...This study explores the remote sensing ground object classification of thin small plants and a large number of mixed pixels, realizing high precision classification among desertification degradation indicating plant populations of a species, and provides key quantitative data for grassland degradation research..."

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