Thursday, June 17, 2004


U.N. Says Globe Drying Up at Fast Pace
By CHRIS HAWLEY, Associated Press Writer

UNITED NATIONS - The world is turning to dust, with lands the size of Rhode Island becoming desert wasteland every year and the problem threatening to send millions of people fleeing to greener countries, the United Nations says.

One-third of the Earth's surface is at risk, driving people into cities and destroying agriculture in vast swaths of Africa. Thirty-one percent of Spain is threatened, while China has lost 36,000 square miles to desert — an area the size of Indiana — since the 1950s.

This week the United Nations marks the 10th anniversary of the Convention to Combat Desertification, a plan aimed at stopping the phenomenon. Despite the efforts, the trend seems to be picking up speed — doubling its pace since the 1970s.

"It's a creeping catastrophe," said Michel Smitall, a spokesman for the U.N. secretariat that oversees the 1994 accord. "Entire parts of the world might become uninhabitable." the hole water table thing is out the window now too? Where the fuck is the water going? Outer Notice to Mr. Smitall, entire parts of the world are already uninhabitable. And what exactly are the efforts of the UN to stop the "desertification"? Are they going to pass useless resolutions against it? Ar they going to hope really hard that it stops, and ignore it when it doesn't? Or will they just blame Isreal?


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