6 Brilliant designs to fight desertification
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Before you worry about rising sea levels, turn your attention to an arguably more pressing global threat: desertification. The term refers to the persistent land degradation that transforms arable land into barren desert; a process sped up by manmade causes, including the removal of vegetation. Although desertification is a worldwide issue—the UN estimates land loss at 12 million hectares a year—its effects are most acutely felt by poor rural communities in Africa and Asia that struggle with increasing rural displacement and food insecurity. However, all hope is not lost. Designers around the world are putting together thought-provoking proposals to fight desertification, and we’ve rounded up six such brilliant ideas below.