World urged to stop net desertification by 2030

Reuters: The world should set a goal of halting net desertification by 2030 to stem annual losses of farmland equivalent to three times the size of Switzerland, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday. "Drylands are on the front line of the climate change challenges for the world," Luc Gnacadja, head of the Bonn-based U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), told the Reuters Global Energy and Climate Summit. Drylands account for about 41 percent of the world's land area -- ranging from deserts......

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