In a previous post, I suggested how land degradation can be overcome by 10 simple and effective management practices. However, these steps are mostly to prevent further land degradation. What to do when faced with a piece of land that is already degraded? How is it restored to it’s past ecological prime? For that, we […]Read More Restoring degraded lands: Land reclamation
Land degradation (also called soil degradation, to be more specific) is continuing to grow into a major problem in today’s world. While it does threaten biodiversity and the living standards of other living species, the largest effect of this by far, is on human life. More importantly, land degradation has seriously taken a toll on […]Read More Overcoming Land degradation
Bigger the family, more the mouths to feed. When the human family is as large as 7 billion, the amount of food that needs to be produced to feed all of them (ideally) is mind boggling. In India, the amount of calories that a healthy male is expected to eat is about 3100 calories per […]Read More What are improper agricultural practices doing to our land?
Forests are invaluable to humans, both for us to life and to keep our economy going. Look around your room. I bet you can name more than 10 things in your room that is directly, or indirectly obtained from a forest. But here’s the paradox: while we need standing forests to live, we need to […]Read More Land degradation: Role of deforestation
A background to this problem Grazing is an activity that has been part of the environment long before humans came into the picture. Many of the grazers today; horses, cows, buffaloes, bisons, have ancestors who were also grazers. They survived in the grasslands that were extensive in the Miocene epoch in Earth’s history. It is a […]Read More Land degradation: Role of Overgrazing
The most significant cause of land degradation in India is water erosion. It has amounted to loss of 10.98% and 10.83% of total land lost in the period of 2011-2013 and 2003-05, respectively (Desertification and Land degradation Atlas of India, ISRO). Water erosion here, does not include the natural erosion caused by rivers. Rather, it is […]Read More Land degradation: Role of water erosion
Land is probably the most used natural resource in the world. There are very, very few places on land that humans haven’t yet used in some way for our activities (directly or indirectly). Among the variety of uses, the ones that top the list in terms of extent and intensity are agriculture and urban development. […]Read More Land degradation: A creeping danger