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Aral Sea dry bottom ©RIA Novosti/Alexei Kulikov
Kazakhstan in effort to stop disastrous desertification

The United Nations has recognized desertification as one of the global environmental problems. Kazakhstan has joined the efforts to fight desertification but there is a long way to go and many obstacles to overcome.

Kazakhstan in effort to stop disastrous desertification
Pictures of the Aral Sea in 2000 (left) and in August 2014 (right). ©NASA
NASA image shows part of Aral Sea completely disappear for first time in centuries

The American space agency has a published a photo taken in August, which shows the eastern basin of the Southern Sea completely dried up.

NASA image shows part of Aral Sea completely disappear for first time in centuries
©Reuters/Chris Wattie
Sands of time running out for rare Canadian desert

As desertification creeps into parts of the world, a rare stretch of sand in Canada's vast western plains is oddly doing the reverse -- slowly sprouting with vegetation.

Sands of time running out for rare Canadian desert
Photo courtesy of nnm.ru
Kazakhstan to launch national center for countering desertification with UNDP

The National Center will be created to attract non-governmental and international organizations, local communities and business structures.

Kazakhstan to launch national center for countering desertification with UNDP
©REUTERS/Joe Penney
74,000 Malians in Mauritania desert need help: aid group

Some 74,000 Malians, who have been displaced by war and ethnic tensions, are in need of urgent help in the desert of Mauritania..

74,000 Malians in Mauritania desert need help: aid group
Mexico police unearth 20 bodies in violence-torn north
Mexico police unearth 20 bodies in violence-torn north

The bones of nine people were found in desert graves in violence-plagued northern Mexico, raising the number of remains found there since the weekend to 20, authorities said Monday.

Mexico police unearth 20 bodies in violence-torn north
Solar vehicles in Chile race across world's driest desert
Solar vehicles in Chile race across world's driest desert

Fifteen solar panel vehicles, some that look like small space ships, raced across Chile's Atacama desert Friday as part of a contest to build low-cost environmentally-friendly cars.

Solar vehicles in Chile race across world's driest desert
Photo courtesy of dinosoria.com
Man dies of thirst in Australian Outback

A 25-year-old man died and another was recovering in hospital Wednesday after they became stranded in the harsh Australian Outback, prompting warnings about the risks of the desert.

Man dies of thirst in Australian Outback

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