New Study Shows How Climate Change Is Already Reshaping The Earth

September 7, 2015 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change and Earth

This expansion of the world’s dry zones is a basic prediction of climate science. The fact it is so broadly observable now means we must take seriously the current projections of widespread global Dust-Bowlification in the coming decades on our current CO2 emissions pathway.[read more]

Dust Bowl Days: Will We Cut Carbon Pollution Fast Enough To Prevent Permanent Droughts?

May 26, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Global Warming and Drought Risk

Large parts of the Southwest are drier than they were during the 1930s Dust Bowl. And the latest science says unrestricted carbon pollution will make this a near-permanent situation post-2050 in a growing portion of this country and around the world.[read more]

California's Latest Climate Forecast: Hotter and Drier Days are Here to Stay

May 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California and Changing Climate

There’s been no hiding from the fact that the ongoing lack of rain and meager snowpack has led to widespread drought in California. The last snow survey this year (taken just last week) showed that statewide snowpack was just 18 percent of normal.[read more]

Climate Change and Fighting Drought and Desertification

May 16, 2013 by Tom Schueneman


Drought and desertification have become increasingly pressing problems for a growing number of countries. The UN estimates land degradation costs between 3-5 percent of global agricultural Gross Domestic Production.[read more]

Africa Aims to Combat Climate Change By Greening the Desert

April 18, 2013 by Joseph Romm

The "Green Wall"

In Africa, climate change is exacerbating the desertification of the continent. The Sahara Desert, which covers the majority of northern Africa, is spreading southward at a rate of 30 miles per year.[read more]

Paging Doctor Malthus

February 28, 2010 by Michael Tobis

Via the remarkable Desdemona Despair site, in case you are feeling too cheerful. Desdemona informs us: Indian Photographer Wins the UNCCD International Photo ContestBonn, 7 September 2009. Chetan Soni is the first-prize winner of the International Photography Contest of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the...[read more]

The rain in Spain … ain’t

June 3, 2008 by Joseph Romm

Warming-driven desertification is spreading. Australia has gotten the most attention, but Spain is also turning into a desert. As Time reported: Spain is in the grip of its worst drought in a century as a result of climate change — this year’s total rainfall, for example, has been 40% lower than average for the equivalent period, and...[read more]