Desertification


Definition - What does Desertification mean?

Desertification is the degradation of ecosystems around the world, which happens because of human agricultural activities such as grazing and deforestation. It occurs on every continent except Antarctica. Desertification is potentially the most destructive threat to the livelihood of people in impoverished areas.

MaximumYield explains Desertification

Desertification affects the livelihoods of millions of people all around the world. Desertification happens as a result of the failure to balance the human demand on the ecosystem versus how much it can provide us in reality. There is a lot of pressure on the land to provide forage, fuel, water, and building materials. As per the latest news, up to 20% of drylands are already degraded.

In some regions of the world, such as the Rif mountains in Morocco, thousands of acres of forests are cleared to cultivate cannabis plants. Often, native plants are burned or otherwise destroyed to cultivate crops such as cannabis. Along with being a threat to biodiversity, this also results in habitat loss.

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