Encroaching deserts due to global warming the ‘challenge of our times,’ study says

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The study by the United Nations University, produced by more than 200 experts from 25 countries, suggests climate change is making creeping deserts “the greatest environmental challenge of our times”.

One-third the Earth’s population – about two billion people – are potential victims. Overexploitation of land and unsustainable irrigation practices are making matters worse, it says, while climate change is also a major factor degrading the soil.

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