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 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.
August 15, 2010 |
China's Ministry of Commerce, together with five other ministries, issued this warning in June: "Companies making disposable chopsticks will face local government restrictions aimed at decreasing the use of the throwaway utensil.... Production, circulation and recycling of disposable chopsticks should be more strictly supervised. " With summer floods devastating southern, western and northeastern China, a massive oil spill smothering the Yellow Sea off the port of Dalian, 3,000 barrels of chemicals bobbing aimlessly but threateningly in the Songhua River in the northeast, and nearly half a million newly registered cars — just since January — on Beijing roads spewing who knows how much additional carbon dioxide into the air, you may think that the government is unnecessarily overreaching in waging a war on the disposable chopstick.