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Fighting desertification will reduce the costs of climate change

COMMENT: We should ‘climate proof’ the land to prevent some of the tragedies of a warmer world, says UN desertification chief

Comment & Analysis, Nature
Climate change could worsen Sahel conflicts: UN

Climate change-related impacts on water and land likely to trigger rise in civil war and inter-ethnic clashes says report

World faces $40 billion annual bill due to damaged ecosystems

Report released at UN land degradation summit in Namibia calls on governments to place economic value on soil, water, and trees

Mongolian Steppe munched into desert by goats and sheep

Forget coal plants and gas flaring: hungry goats are the latest threat to climate, say scientists studying the cause of degraded land in the Mongolian Steppe

Ban Ki Moon calls on leaders to take drought threat seriously

UN chief says developed and developing countries need to accelerate the development of national drought policies

Living, Policy
UN drought chief: 'famine dehumanizes us, but it is not a fate'

Writing for RTCC on Desertification Day 2013, UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja says it’s time to address this increasingly serious issue

Learning, Living, Nature
Enter the UN's desertification photo contest!

Get snapping and you could win up to €3000 in the 2013 UNCCD photo contest – find out how to enter today

Desertification crisis affecting 168 countries worldwide

Severe land degradation is now affecting 168 countries across the planet, with associated costs of US$490 billion per year

Living, Nature
UNCCD: Vulnerable nations must defend against drought

As climate change exacerbates the problem, there is a danger that drought could sneak up on unprepared governments, warns UNCCD Exec-Secretary Luc Gnacadja

Climate Live: US storms could threaten region's ozone layer & EU Energy Commissioner praises unconventional fossil fuels

Today’s top headlines: US storms could threaten region’s ozone layer, EU Energy Commissioner praises unconventional fossil fuels and UNEP chief praises London Olympics.

Breaking News
Rio+20 Day 5 Live: Coverage from the UN Summit on Sustainable Development

Follow all the latest news and events from Rio+20 with the RTCC team on site.

RTCC General News
girl sat on degraded land

UNCCD Executive Secretary explains why the role business will play in combating desertification is so important.

Bonn 2012: UNCCD calls for agriculture to be central to Rio+20

Talking to RTCC at the Bonn Climate Talks, UNCCD’s Sergio Bonilla calls for agriculture, land and soil to be central to talks both under the UNFCCC and at Rio this June.

Countdown to Rio+20 starts now

As we enter the last 50 days before the UN Summit in Rio, RTCC kicks-off its coverage. Climate change, sustainable development and the green economy will dominate proceedings but how much can be achieved?

RTCC General News
Comment: Why is desertification important?

As RTCC launches Desertification Week, we examine what desertification means around the world and why it is so important.

We must correct image of desertification and promote practical solutions

Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, writes for RTCC ahead of Desertification Week about why it is important the image of desertification as an unstoppable monster is corrected so practical action can take place.

PHOTO GALLERY: Desertification - nature's "greatest challenge"

To end Desertification Week RTCC and the UNCCD bring you desertification scenes from around the world.

A week in climate change: five things we learnt

Positive action on desertification, climate change migration and sustainable biofuels, it’s been a busy week for climate change. Here’s what the team at RTCC has learnt this week.

RTCC General News
Climate change, desertification and migration: Connecting the dots

How are climate change and desertification linked? And what increasing role are these having on migration patterns, particularly in regions hardest hit like the Sahel in Africa.

Understanding desertification in Turkey

Duygu Kutluay writes for RTCC about how one project in Turkey is helping researchers to understand how to combat desertification on a number of levels in the country’s drylands.