Desertification: not as much fun as dessertification

Mmmm, dessert.

But seriously, if you watch any video today, watch this one. It’s amazing, and has huge implications for how we can stop climate change.

If you can’t watch the video, a short summary: scarily large amounts of the world are turning into deserts, speeding up global warming and causing drought, famine, and conflict. There is a simple, low-tech solution to turn deserts back into grasslands: moving large herds of livestock across the area in patterns that mimic nature (i.e., the way large herds of wild animals used to roam). You can learn more at the Savory Institute’s website.

8 thoughts on “Desertification: not as much fun as dessertification

  1. Ooh, have you seen the episode of David Attenborough’s Africa that focuses on the Sahara? Many people don’t know that for several thousand years it’s been a semi-naturally advancing desert that has caused really interesting changes in animal and human behavior. Beautiful footage as well, and a real sense of actually being in the desert.

  2. I humbly request that your next posting is about the dessertification of the Global Climate.

    Oceans becoming oceans of caramel. Mountains transforming into mountains of whipped cream. ALL THINGS ARE NOW PIE.

    • Mmmm, pie! That sounds like the most delicious kind of climate change possible.

      I can see it now: Sprinkles rain from the sky. Rivers turn into milkshakes, and lakes into creme brulee. The very ground beneath our feet changes into kahlua cheesecake brownies. Trees become cake pops. Giant cupcakes fall from the sky, crushing innocent pedestrians…

      This is starting to remind me a lot of one of my favorite kids’ books, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. 😀

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  4. I’ve read about this guy elsewhere; Chris Clarke at Pharyngula thinks he’s doing a huge disservice by talking about real deserts and the kind of dry, dusty, exhausted grasslands that are what people mean when they talk about desertification as if they were the same thing. Adam Merberg also carried out a literature review on his blog, and found that ecologists trying to replicate his results haven’t been able to do it. The comments on his post are interesting, in that a lot of them are from farmers (or people who know said farmers) doing similar kinds of rotational grazing schemes, but doing them in different ways or on different types of land than Savory recommends. The impression I get is that, while the idea itself may have some merit, or some utility under some conditions, Savory himself is an extremely Unreliable Narrator.

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