March 3, 2020: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Wildflower Update There are a few flowers blooming now in several areas of the Park. Although the fields of flowers have still not bloomed there are lupines and brittlebush along the roadside of county road S-22 on the east side of the Park. There are a few desert […]
Wadi Rum of Lawrence of Arabia Fame The majestic beauty of the red-sandstone scenery of Wadi Rum was immortalised in David Lean’s 1962 film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, and it would be still recognised by TE Lawrence today. The film is about the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War. The spectacular landscape […]
Human Wrongs Watch By Baher Kamal* ROME, Nov 20 2016 (IPS) – Desertification, land degradation, drought, climate change, food insecurity, poverty, loss of biodiversity, forced migration and conflicts, are some of the key challenges facing Africa—a giant continent home to 1,2 billion people living in 54 countries. Tera, Bajirga, Niger – Women at work for […]
A Dung Beetle, fighting the odds of the Desert and rolling his treasured ball of dung up to his little burrow on the sand dune. The word ‘Desert’ conjures up an image of vast open land with sparse vegetation, harsh temperatures, inhospitable living conditions and pretty much an imagery of something that is devoid of life… […]
December 11, 2019//-Mongolia’s livestock industry, once the primary engine of the economy, now faces threats from climate change and overgrazing. Without prompt policy action, the national and regional costs will continue to grow, weighing on both economic growth and inequality.
Essential to the identity and economy of Mongolia—more than half of the country’s 3 million people live there—the grasslands are under increasing threat from overgrazing and climate change. Multiple studies over the past decade have shown that the once lush Mongolian steppe, an expanse twice the size of Texas that is one of the world’s […]
Combat Desertification and Drought One of the biggest and least understood environmental challenges facing the globe, desertification refers to the irreversible degradation of soil through human activities such as deforestation, unsustainable farming, mining and overgrazing. It occurs when trees and root systems that bind the soil are removed, exposing topsoil to erosion, and when unsustainable […]