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Worsening sand, dust storms driving global land loss, says UN

General view of buildings during a sandstorm in Cairo, Egypt, on 27th May, 2023.

Singapore Reuters The world is losing almost a million square kilometres of productive land a year to sand and dust storms made worse by human activities, the United Nations body in charge of fighting desertification warned on Wednesday.  The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) said an estimated two billion tons of sand and […]

More than a billion live on degraded land, at risk of hunger, says UN

Thomson Reuters Foundation More than 1.3 billion people live on agricultural land that is deteriorating, putting them at risk of worsening hunger, water shortages and poverty, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) said this week. People’s use of the earth’s natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years. Now a third of […]