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Tue Sep 29, 2015, 02:30 PM

 

World loses trillions of dollars worth of nature's benefits each year due to land degradation

World loses trillions of dollars worth of nature's benefits each year due to land degradation

Furthermore, the problem threatens to force the migration of millions of people from affected areas. An estimated 50 million people may be forced to seek new homes and livelihoods within 10 years. That many migrants assembled would constitute the world's 28th largest country by population.

Some 52% of world agricultural land is moderately or severely degraded, the report says

For example, soil is second only to oceans as the planet's largest carbon sink, while agriculture and land use changes represent the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Addressing land degradation and its causes, therefore, represents a double-sided way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the report says.



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150915090404.htm

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