Showing posts with label Desertification. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Desertification. Show all posts

Friday, April 5, 2013

Desertification Too Important For Canada To Ignore - Suzuki


Photo Credit: Kevin Pluc


The federal government recently 
pulled out of an important global 
treaty: the UN Convention to 
Combat Desertification. It’s aimed 
at fighting drought, a problem that 
affects almost 30 per cent of Earth’s 
land surface and threatens the 
well-being of more than a billion 
people worldwide, including in our 
Prairie provinces. 

Every year, the cumulative effects of overgrazing, over-cultivation, deforestation, 
poor irrigation and increasing extreme weather events – including those that 
cause drought – permanently degrade close to 10 million hectares of land. 
This has led to a creeping loss of places where food can easily be grown. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

United Nations Calls Canada's Pullout From Drought Convention 'Regrettable'


United Nations
The United Nations says it's 'regrettable' that the Government of Canada is withdrawing from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the only legally binding instrument that addresses desertification, land degradation and drought. Details here.

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