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Why Most Of Our “Natural” Disasters Aren’t Natural At All

From the point of view of many humans, the term “natural disaster” is a convenient scapegoat because it allows a person (or a whole nation) to blame nature for their own poor planning. Wherever we find so-called “natural disasters” around the world (such as Brazil at the moment), we also usually find a large group […]

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What Is ‘Desertification’ And Why Is It Important To Know About?

Dear EarthTalk: Can you explain what “desertification” is and why it is an important environmental issue?

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Water at the core of climate change impacts

Desertification, flash floods, melting glaciers, heatwaves, cyclones or water-borne diseases such as cholera are among the impacts of global warming inextricably tied to water. And competition for supplies might cause conflicts. “The main manifestations of rising temperatures…are about water,” said Zafar Adeel, chair of UN-Water which coordinates work on water among 26 U.N. agencies. “It […]

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