CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1991 |
Environmentalists have argued that the Sahara Desert, the world's largest, has been steadily increasing its size southward as a result of drought and land mismanagement, particularly overgrazing, increased cultivation and firewood cutting. But evidence of the extent of this process, called desertification, has been largely anecdotal. Researchers from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
July 10, 1985
International organizations offered $8 billion over the next five years to try to halt the destruction of tropical forests in the Third World. John Spears, forestry adviser for the World Bank, told representatives of 96 nations attending the 9th World Forestry Congress, in Mexico City, that desertification affects more than 2 billion people and threatens "a universal disaster." Twenty organizations agreed to form a study group, and international funding for forestry programs will double.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1998
Journalist William Shawcross coined the apt term "compassion fatigue" to describe the feeling of powerlessness that afflicts many of us when we hear the latest grim statistics about world poverty, like the recent UNICEF report that a record 7 million children die of malnutrition each year. This week, however, the Senate should be anything but powerless.
April 16, 2007
Re "To the moon, Congress," Opinion, April 11 Our problems are not competition with China for control of outer space; our problems are right here before us on Earth: overpopulation, global warming, poisoning of our biosphere, land erosion and the loss of topsoils, desertification, extinction of species, disposal of nuclear wastes, competition for natural resources and poverty. What good is a colony out in space when our mother ship is in distress? ALTON L. SAFFORD Wrightwood, Calif.
July 21, 2011 |
Think back on what you talked about with friends and family at your last gathering. The latest game of your favorite team? "American Idol"? An addictive hobby? The new movie blockbuster? In a serious moment, maybe job prospects, Afghanistan, the economic mess? We live in an information-drenched environment, one in which sports and favorite programs are just a click away. And the ease with which we can do this allows us to focus on mostly comforting subjects that divert our attention from increasingly real, long-term problems.
December 8, 1991 |
Overcrowded and poverty-stricken Bangladesh, a prey to frequent natural disasters, may eventually lose half its habitable land to desert, environmental experts warn. "We are facing a threat of desertification through much of the country's northern areas," said Abdul Mukit Khan, a senior forestry official. "There is no denying this. We are already in for trouble," he said in a recent interview.