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Community Radio and Climate Change
August 2, 2016
Simple, effective and easy to implement methods must be undertaken in the fight against desertification if hopes to counter the expansion of the Sahara desert can be entertained.
While I do not want to sound like an alarmist, the truth is that the Sahara Desert is expanding southwards.
It does not matter how slow, but the arid swathe of land is expected to, eventually after some years, show itself up at the shores of some countries south of the Sahara.
Some scientists actually say the signs that the desert is moving fast downwards will begin to clearly show as early as 2025.
To think this is only nine years from now must be enough to cause trepidation.
In fact, the scientists say if the trend continues unabated, the whole of Africa will turn into a desert one day.
Sounds too far-fetched? Well, those who study the history of deserts and desertification think this is quite a possibility.
As the effects of climate change continue to hit hard due to increasing global warming, it is time for more action to combat the spread of the Sahara.
And African countries can learn a lot from how China is combating the spread of its own deserts in simple, but effective ways.
Guido Da Rozze