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How Desertification Works
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How Desertification Works

The 1930s Dust Bowl is a perfect example of desertification, or land degraded by natural and human causes.

Discover the causes of continuing desertification today — including who is affected and how we can stop this ecological disaster.

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Scientific Facts on  Desertification

Scientific Facts on Desertification

Discover the options available to avoid or reverse desertification and its catastrophic effects on dry land ecosystems. More...

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GreenFacts
Building the Great Green Wall of China

Building the Great Green Wall of China

Hundreds of millions of people in China suffer from soil erosion and the spread of deserts. See how they’re planting trees to fight back the catastrophic sands. More...

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BBC
Farming the Desert

Farming the Desert

More than 40% of Earth's land suffers from drought — every year. Meet a farmer who's using innovative farming methods and termites to combat desertification. More...

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EARTH A New Wild/PBS
The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl

Watch interviews with survivors of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s to see how they made it through the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. More...

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PBS
Desert and Desertification

Desert and Desertification

After you study the troubling topic of desertification, take one of these 10 quizzes. You can try each more than once, if at first you don’t ace it. More...

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United Nations
Desertification

Desertification

Human activity has caused desertification in many parts of the globe, but it may also help reverse its spread. Find out what people are doing. More...

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KidsNet
Desertification Crisis Affecting 168 Countries Worldwide, Study Shows

Desertification Crisis Affecting 168 Countries Worldwide, Study Shows

The encroaching desert affects our entire planet. Discover how the growing desert in far-off lands affects food production. More...

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United Nations University
Fighting Desertification Will Reduce the Costs of Climate Change

Fighting Desertification Will Reduce the Costs of Climate Change

The disastrous effects of droughts, heat waves, hurricanes, floods are visible all over the world. But scientists agree that we can make a positive change. Find out what you can do. More...

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Responding to Climate Change
How Does Desertification Occur?

How Does Desertification Occur?

Find out more about the human activities that represent the most immediate causes of desertification. More...

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United Nations
How to Fight Desertification and Reverse Climate Change

How to Fight Desertification and Reverse Climate Change

A perfect storm of desertification is bearing down, says environmentalist Allan Savory. Watch him share his ideas about turning the desert back to grassland. More...

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TED
What Is Desertification?

What Is Desertification?

Billions of tons of Earth’s fertile soil disappear every year, and more is threatened by desertification. Investigate the complex interactions that cause this catastrophe. More...

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UNESCO

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