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China’s creeping sands

Growing sands are transforming China’s arable land, with nearly 20% of the country’s land area classified as desert. A slideshow by photographer Sean Gallagher documents the issue, which affects the lives of an estimated 400 million people.

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Desertification is the gradual transformation of arable and habitable land into desert, normally caused by climate change or the destructive use of land. Each year, desertification and drought account for US$42 billion loss in food productivity worldwide.

It is estimated that nearly 20% of China's land area, some 1.74 million square kilometres, is now classified as desert. Affecting the lives of an estimated 400 million people, it is one of the most important environmental issues in China today.

Riding on China’s “desertification train”, which passes through the country’s driest and hardest-hit provinces – Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Gansu and Xinjiang – Sean Gallagher travelled over 4,000 kilometres to document the environmental challenges along the route.

You can read Sean Gallagher’s dispatches from the field [in English] here

 

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匿名 | Anonymous

估计之来源

我一直很好奇这样的估计。是谁做的?

谢谢。
(Translated by Braden Latham-Jones.)

Estimate Source

I am always curious about estimates such as these. Who made them?

谢谢

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匿名 | Anonymous

回覆:估计的来源

作者称"沙漠化影响着中国四亿人的生活",是国务院研究室工交司司长唐元在2008年于国务院发展研究中心举出的数据,请点击参看
这亦是2002年《联合国防治荒漠化公约》所引述的统计数字,请点击参看
希望这些资料对你有帮助。

山姆·吉尔 (中外对话)

Re: Estimate Source

With regard to the claim that "desertification affects 400 million people in China," this statistic was cited by Tang Yun, China's general director of the Research Department for Industry, Transportation and Trade, at the State Council Development Research Center, in 2008. Source here.

It is also a figure cited by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in 2002, here.

I hope that helps,
Sam Geall (chinadialogue)

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匿名 | Anonymous

当践踏绿地上升到“可耻”层面

看着地上稀稀落落的草丛和树木,比起人们常见的那些诸如“爱护花草”之类语气温和的宣传,那块醒目牌子上的标语显得很是严肃,但又颇为无奈,让人联想到了“八荣八耻”。

When treading on grassland becomes a 'shame'

As you see grass and trees dotted here and there on the ground, you commonly see signs with mild statements such as 'Take care of flowers and grass'. In comparison, this eye-catching sign comes across as quite serious, but also has an air of helplessness, reminding one of 'the eight-honours and eight-shames'.
Translated by diaoshuhuan

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匿名 | Anonymous

解决沙漠化问题的办法

种植在澳洲被证明能有效逆转沙漠化的植物。滨藜C4光合途径能逆转土地沙化和沙漠化并释出土壤和土壤碳。种植这种非杂草类植物对巩固土壤是必要的。这样,在未来某个时间就可以种植本土的农作物和蔬菜,并能够引入可持续耕作和放牧的新的道德标准。一系列的试验现已证实了以上推论。 Robert Vincin于北京。

陈果翻译。

Solution to desertification

Planting out the approved Australian desert reversal, C4 photosynthesis pathway Bin Li Atriplex nummularia reverses sandification desertification and makes soil and soil carbon. It is necessary to plant out this non weed to fix soil, then at a point in time, native crops and vegetation can be planted out, and a new ethic on sustainable farming and grazing can be introduced. Tests now have proved such. Robert Vincin Beijing

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匿名 | Anonymous

土壤资源保护,刻不容缓

连上沙漠化,盐碱化,石漠化,每年我们损失掉的土壤量很惊人,而土壤修复又十分困难,保护土壤资源,刻不容缓。yfy

The protection of soil resources requires immediate action

Due to desertification, salinization, and stonification, we loose an astonishing amount of soil every year, and soil restoration is very difficult. The protection of soil resources requires immediate action. (trans. Jerry Stewart)

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匿名 | Anonymous

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第二幅照片最令人难忘,大块干裂的田地里,塑料薄膜为禾苗供给着水分,这在初夏的西北并不少见。大旱过后,种田对于农民来说几乎是入不敷出,旱灾越来越多,缺水已经成为影响农业收成的一大问题。

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The second picture is impressive. In early summer, it is not rare to see in the Northwest of China that plastic covering moisturizes sprouts grown in the cracking fields. When droughts are over, farming is a business that only brings deficit. Limited water supply has become a big issue affecting harvest as droughts are becoming more frequent.