“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it’s happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.
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Scots urged to help millions hit by east African famine
A major fundraising appeal to help millions of people facing starvation in east Africa has been launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee.
Scots are being urged to donate to help more than 16 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, where drought and conflict have left them in immediate need of food, water and medical treatment.
More than 800,000 children under five in the region are severely malnourished and are at risk of starving to death without immediate treatment.