Sunday, June 18, 2006

More Articles on Global Desertification

More info on the deadly problem of global desert spreading... To get a real-time view of the Saharasian atmosphere, spreading its dust and dor all over the planet, take a look here:
Everyone is so hysterical about "greenhouse gas" warming, but this satellite image shows where the real problem is found: spreading deserts, and burning of agricultural lands in the Third World. Most people are simply stunned the first time they see these images. Saharasia exports both desert atmospheres, and desert character structures...

A Sea of Sand Is Threatening China's Heart
Published: June 8, 2006
MINQIN, China — China's own favorite military strategist, Sun Tzu, surely would have warned against letting two mighty enemies, the Tengger and the Badain Jaran, form a united front. Yet a desert pincer is squeezing this struggling oasis town, and China's long campaign to cultivate its vast arid northwest is in retreat.
An ever-rising tide of sand has claimed grasslands, ponds, lakes and forests, swallowed whole villages and forced tens of thousands of people to flee as it surges south and threatens to leave this ancient Silk Road greenbelt uninhabitable.
Han Chinese women here cover their heads and faces like Muslims to protect against violent sandstorms. Farmers dig wells down hundreds of feet. If they find water, it is often brackish, even poisonous.

Desertification Called Global Health Threat
Bridget M. Kuehn
JAMA. 2006;295:2463-2465.
Growing populations and unsustainable land use practices are causing the world's deserts to expand, swallowing previously productive lands and placing millions of lives in jeopardy.
According to the United Nations' Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, desertification threatens dry land areas that make up 34% of the earth's total land area and are home to about 2 billion individuals. It is occurring around the globe, including the United States, China, and many countries in western Africa. In these areas, pressure from population growth, climate change, and poor agricultural practices can cause these fragile ecosystems to become degraded. This degradation can cause mass migration, famine, massive dust storms, and political instability, all of which may contribute to significant health problems in affected regions.

Your "Saharasia" thesis is that with increased desertification comes increased predatory behavior and decreased humanity. So, we're looking at a HUGE problem if we're seeing a massive desertification of the world's most populous nation.
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