CHINA DUSTBOWL Rapidly Growing!

CHINA DUSTBOWL Rapidly Growing!

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CHINA HUMILIATED by CCP

Port Moody, Canada

#1 Dec 21, 2012
Expanding Dust Bowls Worsening Food Prospects in China and Africa
December 21, 2012 By Earth Policy Institute
By Janet Larsen
When most people hear the term “dust bowl,” they think of the American heartland in the 1930s, when a homesteading wheat bonanza led to the plowing up of the Great Plains’ native grassland, culminating in the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history.
Despite warnings from researchers and some farmers, history repeated itself in the Soviet Virgin Lands Project in the 1950s to early 1960s. Some 100 million acres (40 million hectares) of grassland were plowed under in Russia, Kazakhstan, and western Siberia during Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s push to produce ever more food from the land. When drought hit, the topsoil started to blow away. By 1965, nearly half the newly planted area was degraded by wind erosion. Yields plummeted. Ultimately farmers staged a retreat, abandoning much of that land.
Unfortunately, dust bowls are not just relics of the past. Today two new dust bowls are forming: one in northern China and southern Mongolia and the other in Africa south of the Sahara. Whereas the dust bowls in the United States and the Soviet Union were the result of overplowing, the main culprit in Asia and Africa is overgrazing. Although arid or semiarid grasslands are typically better suited for grazing livestock than for farming, once they are overstocked their protective grass covering deteriorates and they face erosion all the same.
The Chinese Dust Bowl
Forty percent of China’s land area is grassland. Following agricultural reforms that began in the late 1970s, in which collectively owned livestock were transferred to household ownership, China’s cattle herds grew from 52 million in 1980 to nearly 105 million in 2000, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Meanwhile, China’s population of sheep and goats ballooned from close to 180 million to 280 million. Such a high concentration of grazing animals has put unsustainable pressure on the land. For comparison, the United States—a country with comparable grazing capacity—hosts a similar number of cattle but only 9 million sheep and goats.
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CHINA HUMILIATED by CCP

Port Moody, Canada

#2 Dec 21, 2012
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The fastest growth in China’s livestock occurred with goats; starting in the mid-1980s, the herd size doubled in just 10 years. This is particularly troubling because a fast expansion of goat populations relative to cattle can indicate grassland deterioration. Goats are hardy, able to survive where few other grazers can. They can make efficient use of remaining greenery on nearly barren landscapes. Yet large numbers of goats often portend further environmental degradation because as the animals remove existing vegetation, they leave soils vulnerable to erosion from wind or rain.
Noting that an extraordinary 90 percent of China’s grasslands are degraded, the Chinese government has embarked on restoration programs, including re-vegetation, grazing bans, and livestock confinement. The government also has moved nomadic herders off the land or limited their movement under the guise of environmental protection. Evidence from the field, however, reveals that disrupting traditional grazing patterns can exacerbate land degradation and leave pastoralists more vulnerable to the vagaries of the weather.
FAO data indicate that since 2000, China’s cattle numbers have shrunk by 20 million, and the growth in sheep and goat herds appears to have stalled. Whether this can be attributed to policies aimed at reducing herd size or the relocation of herders is unclear.
Meanwhile, much damage has been done, and China’s dust bowl rages on. More than a quarter of China’s land area is covered by desert, and each year spreading sands claim additional territory. Expanding deserts in the arid northwest are merging. Since 1950, more than 24,000 Chinese villages have been abandoned or are seriously in danger of succumbing to traveling dunes, with some 35 million people directly affected.
The effects reach far beyond the desert margins. Spring is the dust storm season. The snow melts and the wind picks up, transporting dust and sand particles from northern China and Mongolia as far as Beijing and on to Korea and Japan, sometimes even crossing the Pacific to cloud parts of North America. The China Meteorological Administration reports that a single severe dust storm in 2006 dumped 330,000 tons of dust from the west onto Beijing: a stunning 44 pounds for each of the city’s residents. In 2007, a dust storm originating in China’s spreading Taklimakan Desert circled the globe in just under two weeks.
Desert scholar Wang Tao notes that in the first decade of the twenty-first century, China experienced 87 dust storms. Records of very strong dust storms (in which visibility is reduced below 200 meters) show an increase over recent decades, from 5 in the 1950s to 13 in the 1970s, 23 in the 1990s, and 21 between 2000 and 2009.(See data.)
The Korean Ministry of the Environment notes a similar rise in dust storms arriving from China and Mongolia, with talk of a lengthening and strengthening “yellow dust season” in South Korea. Dust events clouded 23 days in the 1970s, 39 days in the 1980s, 77 days in the 1990s, and 118 days from 2000 to 2011.
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“RayHole is a liar!”

Since: Nov 09

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#3 Dec 21, 2012
Thank God I live in Guangxi.
lct

Beijing, China

#4 Dec 21, 2012
ShoeProtestor wrote:
Thank God I live in Guangxi.
you are not living China. stay in location hiden.
bll

Christchurch, New Zealand

#5 Dec 21, 2012
on Taiwans highest mountains we have instruments that analyse the pollution that blows our way, it is highly toxic, it is hard to believe people can still live in china.
In Hokkaido the forests have died from acid rain from china.
come over here Licked, I will show you a million stars you never seen before in your life,, hehe
Snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#6 Dec 21, 2012
Too bad the dust bowl effect in China is reversing due to better water management and conservation methods.
CHINA HUMILIATED by CCP

Surrey, Canada

#7 Dec 21, 2012
Snowflake wrote:
Too bad the dust bowl effect in China is reversing due to better water management and conservation methods.
Too bad you are just making that up.
Snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#8 Dec 22, 2012
QFT, eat your jealous and hate filled heart out China is on the move. Your India is dying just like Drgunzet's VN.
attila the Han

East Maitland, Australia

#9 Dec 22, 2012
check out the loess plateau rehabitation project in china.
CHINA HUMILIATED by CCP

Surrey, Canada

#10 Dec 22, 2012
Snowflake wrote:
QFT, eat your jealous and hate filled heart out China is on the move. Your India is dying just like Drgunzet's VN.
Your CCP is dying, corrupt, barren of ideas, and doomed to fail.
Snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#12 Dec 23, 2012
China is greener than ever.

“RayHole is a liar!”

Since: Nov 09

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#13 Dec 23, 2012
Snowflake wrote:
China is greener than ever.
THere is a shortage of green paint in China ever since the CCP had all that grass in Beijing painted to cover up the pollutants.
Snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#14 Dec 23, 2012
Shoe go ahead and support your Dalai Lama. Tibet is as China as the Giant Panda and the Great Wall.
Tibetans loved to be a part of China because they are Chinese.
Taiwanese

Chatswood, Australia

#15 Dec 23, 2012
bll wrote:
on Taiwans highest mountains we have instruments that analyse the pollution that blows our way, it is highly toxic, it is hard to believe people can still live in china.
In Hokkaido the forests have died from acid rain from china.
come over here Licked, I will show you a million stars you never seen before in your life,, hehe
So why running dog like you hide in New Zealand and abandoning Taiwan.? Running dog like you is a real traitor. Soon New Zealand is going to be ruined by you. What a disgusting traitor.
lct

Beijing, China

#16 Dec 23, 2012
ShoeProtestor wrote:
<quoted text>
THere is a shortage of green paint in China ever since the CCP had all that grass in Beijing painted to cover up the pollutants.
what a shameless idiot and liar.

in fact, the world garden depo will be hold in Beijing next year.
lct

Beijing, China

#17 Dec 23, 2012
ShoeProtestor wrote:
<quoted text>
THere is a shortage of green paint in China ever since the CCP had all that grass in Beijing painted to cover up the pollutants.
BTW, Beijing is covered with snow recently.

next time, if you want to lie, at least check the weather.
Snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#18 Dec 24, 2012
China is greening more than all the countries in the world combined. Pollution and the dust bowl effect is well under control but there is still work to be done.
Snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#19 Dec 24, 2012
Why does Shoe want the DL back? Is she the DL's sex slave.?
Fatboy

Estonia

#20 Dec 24, 2012
Snowflake wrote:
Too bad the dust bowl effect in China is reversing due to better water management and conservation methods.
Miro has posted a most valid article about Chinas desertification problem,here it is:
http://www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/20...

If you have another opinion you better support it with a link,otherwise your refute will look rather hollow...no offense.:)
Fatboy

Estonia

#21 Dec 24, 2012
Snowflake wrote:
China is greening more than all the countries in the world combined. Pollution and the dust bowl effect is well under control but there is still work to be done.
....while searching heres another article to read...
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2011-08...

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