25% of India Turning to Desert
Desertification, degradation could threaten food security
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2014 12:35 PM CDT
In this Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 photo, Indian tourists enjoy riding a horse in the Thar Desert, about 311 miles from Ahmadabad, India.   (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

(Newser) – Nearly a quarter of India's land is turning to desert thanks to over-use of land, heavy grazing, and changing rainfall patterns, says the country's environment minister. He warns "land is becoming barren," and notes that could threaten food security in a country that houses 17% of the world's population on just 2% of its land, Reuters reports. Forbes points out 25% desertification is a much higher figure than the one an Indian scientific council put forth in 2007. At the time, it said it said roughly 10% of the country's land would become unusable desert by 2050, and by its calculations, India wouldn't hit the 25% threshold for at least a century. At this point, land degradation—which indicates a loss of productivity —is believed to be affecting 32% of the country's land.

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Jun 21, 2014 10:24 AM CDT
That must be why they're all coming here. My apartment building is suddenly swarming with them. I now wake up every day to the smell of curry and the sounds of stampeding children.
shona browne
Jun 20, 2014 10:28 PM CDT
Things that harm the habitat are well known yet persist and are disregarded by big biz and others hoping for profits. For example, its well known that deforestation changes weather and soil; the results of pollution, overpopulation, so on are documented. China took a hard line on population control, and I agree with them. Overpopulation simply insures a country has a huge supply of cheap labor and fodder for their military.
Jun 20, 2014 9:33 PM CDT
This what a Libertarian no rules world looks like ....... Dead.