Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Many of 2 billion dryland dwellers at risk as land degrades
Growing desertification worldwide threatens to swell by millions the number of poor forced to seek new homes and livelihoods. And a rising number of large, intense dust storms plaguing many areas menace the health of people even continents away, international experts warn in a new report.
World Day to Combat Desertification focuses on human security
...he spread of existing deserts, but to the creation of new ones through the degradation of drylands, which cover 40% of the world's land surface. Since dryland
desertification can be remedied by using appropriate land management techniques, it is essential to monitor the areas most at risk.
ESA has been ...
Wind, salt and water are leading indicators of land degradation in Abu Dhabi
...ans at the surface, and gravel lag. Nebkha dunes, formed from sediment accumulations around shrubs, have been considered a reliable indicator of rapid dryland
degradation. As a preventive action, afforestation has been practiced on about 330,000 ha in Abu Dhabi Emirate. In addition, many green belts in urban...
Crop models help increase yield per unit of water used
...ate or underestimate WUE under conditions of water stress. This limits their usefulness for exploration of deficit irrigation scenarios or rain-fed or dryland
situations with less than adequate water.
According to symposium organizer Steve Evett, "Future studies exploring WUE simulation should include ev...
Understanding soil carbon sequestration: New book presents key concepts
...rimary geographical focus of the book is North America, with many of the chapters focused on the United States. Chapter titles include, "Management of dryland
Cropping Systems in the U.S. Great Plains," "Influence of Management on Soil Organic Carbon Dynamics in Northern Mixed-Grass Rangeland," and "Crop Res...
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to host
Day 1: Life and Soil Degradation in the Drylands, including causes and consequences of soil damages.
Day 2: Vegetation's Role in Sustainable dryland
Living, including chemical induction, land restoration and soil and water management.
Day 3: Field Trips to Negev Desert Sites
Day 4: The Human Di...
'Arid aquaculture' among livelihoods promoted to relieve worsening pressure on world's drylands
...e International Centre on Agricultural Research in dryland
Areas (ICARDA), and UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere...nd fragrances from sustainably cultivated aromatic dryland
plants, including geranium, lavender, pomegranate ...d apply them to improving livelihood conditions of dryland
dwellers with demonstration sites in China, Egypt,...
Soil Science Society of America presents 2008 fellows
...niversity of Nebraska. His research focuses on the effects of long-term integrated soil and crop management systems on soil and crop responses in both dryland
and irrigated environments. Dr. Varvel served as an associate editor for both Soil Science Society of America Journal and Agronomy Journal.
Earth scientists keep an eye on Texas
Wednesday, 8 October 2008: 4:00 PM, Exhibit Hall E
779-1 Energy Balance of Irrigated and dryland
Cotton in the Southern High Plains
Thursday, 9 October 2008: 9:00 AM, Roo...
Environmental peace treaty between Israel and Palestinians unveiled at Ben-Gurion University
...for Desert Research (BIDR) of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
The agreement was created by Prof. Alon Tal, a member of the Swiss Institute for dryland
Research at the BIDR and Dr. Mohammad Said Al-Hmaida from Bir Zeit University.
Tal is a long-time environmental activist who founded the a public ...