On the World Day to Combat Desertification, DW [Deutsche Welle] asks what the commonly used term actually means, why it is such a problem in so many parts of the world, and what can be done to reverse it.Spoil sports.
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) defines it as “land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid regions resulting from various factors, including climatic variations and human activities.”They would say that, wouldn't they. Our bold above, naturally.
Humans have been meddling with their environment for thousands of years and there are some indications that man-made desertification may not be an entirely new phenomenon. Some historical research suggests that mismanagement of natural resources may have significantly impacted a variety of ancient cultures - such as Rome, Greece and Carthage - by drying out lands on which they once flourished.Amazing they managed that before Henry Ford came along.