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.
December 18, 2010 |
If you thought you couldn't get any lower than the Dead Sea, think again. You can go under it. Scientists here are drilling 1,640 feet beneath the bottom of the Dead Sea, to a depth of more than 2,600 feet below sea level. Rock samples that have been underwater for millions of years are likely to be better preserved, they say, than samples taken from under an exposed surface, which can be damaged by aridity and erosion. As a result, the Dead Sea bore hole is expected to contain priceless information about the planet's past and to offer insight on its future.
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.