Desertification cost the Chinese economy US$6.5 billion per year, Spain US$200 million per year

March 17th, 2010

The Gobi desert in China puts 400 million people at risk due to a doubling of livestock production in the last 30 years since land has been overgrazed to the point of exhaustion, causing precious topsoil to be blown away by winds.

Desertification cost the Chinese economy $6.5 billion and Spain US$200 million per year.  Lake Chad in Africa has shrunk 95% leaving only sand, while in Kazakhstan 50% of cropland has been abandoned since 1980 due to desertification. In Iran, strong sandstorms buried 100 villages in 2002.

Source: Desertification: How to stop the shifting sands – CNN

Date: 27 April 2008

Comments are closed.