Global Warming is in the “Now”

Global Warming: something happening over there?

One of the things that always catches my eye is what is currently happening with Global Warming. I try to get away from Global Warming as something that is “over there” and not my issue, or something that is “in the future” and not now…

Global Warming is very much in the “now,” as China’s expanding deserts are proving daily…

For years, China’s deserts spread at an annual rate of more than 1,300 square miles. Many villages have been lost. Climate change and human activities have accelerated desertification. China says government efforts to relocate residents, plant trees and limit herding have slowed or reversed desert growth in some areas. But the usefulness of those policies is debated by scientists, and deserts are expanding in critical regions.

Nearly 20 percent of China is desert, and drought across the northern region is getting worse

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The Tengger Desert lies on the southern edge of the massive Gobi Desert, not far from major cities like Beijing. The Tengger is growing.

For years, China’s deserts spread at an annual rate of more than 1,350 square miles. Many villages have been lost. Climate change and human activities have accelerated the desertification.

1477284385930That is just a teaser. The article is long with gorgeous photos and video. It is informative and moving.

Check out: Living in China’s Expanding Desert by JOSH HANER, EDWARD WONG, DEREK WATKINS and JEREMY WHITE New York Times