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  1. Villagers fight on the front line in battle against desertification

    Posted Apr 16th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to fight desertification and sandstorms that have reached a scale and speed the world has never seen. Officials said this area had been arid and barren for many decades, but the old farmer, ... to Combat Desertification, said the government was shifting its focus from quantity to quality because of some major problems in finished projects. She said a lack of biodiversity in most artificial ...

  2. Battles loom over water, not oil, desertification forum told

    Posted Nov 08th 2006, 12:00am by Stephanie Freid

    ... conference on desertification has been told. The four-day UN Conference on Deserts and Desertification, which opened on Monday, has attracted more than 200 participants from 30 countries hoping ... in developing drylands,' deputy secretary-general of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) ambassador Gregoire de Kalbermatten told the conference. 'Why are we here? Because ...

  3. Laws of concrete jungle preferable to URA's policies of city desertification

    Posted Feb 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... In the letter ('URA is trying to help people living in slums', January 29), Angela Tang of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) cites their '4Rs strategy' in tackling urban decay. However, I can think of 4Rs which reflect some of the resu ...

  4. News - China - CHANGING FACES

    Mother pays tribute to late son by greening the Inner Mongolia deserts

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Alice Yan

    ... But I also realised that it was dry, desolated, useless and threatening humans' existence. I sighed at how much of China was on the verge of desertification. My plan to plant trees in deserts ... and also to the public. Preventing desertification is something we can't put off. How has the public responded to your projects? Before 2007 only my husband and I went to plant trees, ...

  5. Salt seller

    Posted May 12th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... These banks and fields of salt create a surreal landscape by Lake Caka, high in the northeastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The 100 sq km lake has 450 million tonnes of salt reserves, mined commercially since 1950. The salt is sold in China and exported, but decreased rainfall and desertification due to overgrazing, industrial development and tourism are causing the lake to shrink. ...

  6. Science deserted for politics

    Posted Nov 08th 2006, 12:00am by Stephanie Freid

    ... Stephanie Freid Despite being at the forefront of land degradation and desertification issues, the Arab world's presence at the UN desert conference was noticeably absent as politics took priority. 'Unfortunately, if it comes down to science versus politics, the political body wins,' United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification ambassador Uriel Safriel ...

  7. Provincial pact tackles deserts

    Posted Mar 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Twelve provinces on China's northern rim signed an agreement to endorse their fight against desertification at a two-day national meeting that ended in Beijing yesterday. Speaking ahead ... third of the country had been affected. Under the agreement, which spells out the nation's anti-desertification plans until 2010, a system will be set up to reward or punish authorities ...

  8. Desert drift slows, but threat remains

    Posted Jun 15th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Revived areas could become barren again, officials warn The spread of desertification has slowed on the mainland for the first time in decades, but officials warn that areas now covered in new vegetation could easily become barren again. Releasing its third assessment of the problem, the central government said the rapid desertification of the 1990s had been ...

  9. More cash needed to ward off desert threat

    Posted Nov 08th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on the next steps to combat the worst effects of climate change. Warnings of global warming and climate change evoke a range of emotions from scepticism to a feeling of helplessness. Desertification does not get the same reactions. But it goes to the heart of climate change, as is evident from today's report on a smaller UN conference in Israel on desertification- or the spread ...




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