Desertification

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Africa in Crisis: The Causes, The Cures of Environmental Bankruptcy
Timberlake, Lloyd
Book
Africa in Crisis looks at the causes of African famine and how it is a symbol of a much deeper crisis. African droughts and famines are not just the results of a lack of rain but the end result of a ...
Desertification
Grainger, Alan
Book
1982
A decade ago the Sahel drought killed thousands of people and millions of animals. It focused world attention on the dangers and causes of desertification. This book examines the reasons: overcultivat...
The Earthscan Action Handbook
Litvinoff, Miles
Book
1990
A compendium of the world's major ills with suggestions for remedial action.
The Encroaching Desert: Report
Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues
Book
This new report for a top-level international Commission focuses attention on the relentless spreading of the world's deserts. This report highlights the shortcomings of the Third World countries as w...
A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest
deBuys, William
Book
2011
In A Great Aridness, William deBuys paints a compelling picture of what the Southwest might look like when the heat turns up and the water runs out. This semi-arid land, vulnerable to water shortages,...
A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations
Ponting, Clive
Book
1991
Ponting tracks the "green" history of the world showing how throughout history civilizations have collapsed when they exhausted the earth's natural resources.
How to Save the World: Strategy for World Conservation
Allen, Robert
Book
1980
"How To Save The World" discusses, "Why the world needs saving now and how it can be done". Allen breaks his work down into seven chapters, devoting each to an important aspect of the global predicame...
IS and climate change - an inconvenient truth for Republicans
Cole, Juan
Article
2015
US Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley sparked controversy last month by saying that the conditions for the rise of the so-called Islamic State (IS, also known as Isil, Isis or Da'esh) w...
Meeting the Expectations of the Land: Essays in Sustainable Agriculture and Stewardship
Jackson, Wes; Berry, Wendell
Book
1984
Addresses the problems facing agriculture today, such as topsol erosion, lowered water tables, reliance on pesticides, dependence on machinery, the overcapitalization of agriculture, the decline of th...
Over-grazing and desertification in the Syrian steppe are the root causes of war
Serra, Gianluca
Article
2015
Civil war in Syria is the result of the desertification of the ecologically fragile Syrian steppe, which began in 1958 when the former Bedouin commons were opened up to unrestricted grazing. That led...
The State of the World Atlas
Kidron, Michael
Book
1981
The World Without Us
Weisman, Alan
Book
2007
A thought experiment to see what would happen to the planet if human beings simply disappeared.

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African Union
The African Union (abbreviated AU in English, and UA in its other official languages) is an intergovernmental organization consisting of 53 African states. Established on 9 July 2002, the AU was formed as a successor to the Organi...
UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. For this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish ...
World Bank
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the common sense. We are made up of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member coun...

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Line in the sand: Africa's 'green wall' aims to stop desert's growth
Villagers will help establish 15km-wide swath of trees as a nature reserve
Caramel, Laurence
2011
The Great Green Wall is a pan-African plan to halt desertification through reforestation.