The Real Root Of Deforestation And Desertification

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Published on May 21, 2019

Written by Myles –

Why do the majority of people associate desertification with global warming? It has long been pushed as proof of a global warming crisis.

But research into the subject and the real drivers of this world wide phenomenon lie with deforestation and incorrect animal grazing practices.

One reason people associate desertification with greenhouse gas driven climate change is that the problem has been hyped by the UN. They pushed the problem on the public with statements such as.

  “Desertification is greatest threat to planet, expert warns”

UN’s top drylands official says people must be paid via global carbon markets for preserving the soil, according to The Guardian. However they pin the blame on the carbon cycle rather than doing a bit of research and finding out whats actually going on. They blame the scenario on –

The better known issues of climate change and loss of biodiversity are both rooted in the global loss of fertile soil, said Gnacadja, as the soil harbours a huge stock of carbon and the health of creatures living in the soil underpins global food production and forest growth.”

and also again stating,

“The impacts of climate change – rising temperatures and more erratic rainfall – are here already from Latin Americato the Sahel, said Gnacadja.”

Evidence of the real drivers of desertification

Firstly, as an example of how this process is being misrepresented take a look at China and the expanding Gobi and Tengger deserts.

The problem here stems back to Chairman Mao who ordered whole forests cut down to use the timber for growth of the system. This is explained here in a You Tube video titled: “Can the ‘Great Green Wall’ stop desertification in China?”



Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.