Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

October 31, 2014 by  
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A new UN paper  reveals that excess salt in the soil has destroyed 20 percent of all irrigated land worldwide — an area equal to the size of France. Every day for more than 20 years, an average of 2,000 hectares of irrigated cropland in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt. With the world population expected to hit nine to 10 billion people by 2050, obviously we can’t afford to be losing productive, arable land. Thankfully, the report also makes a number of recommendations for swift action to reverse the trend before it becomes too expensive to do so. Read the rest of Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , economic impact of salinity , farm land , farming , global development , irrigation , loss of farm land to salt , report , salinity , salt , study , United Nations , United Nations University , water issues

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Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest for a Chance to Win a $848 Vanmoof B6 Bike!

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The spirits are stirring, the days are getting shorter, and shadows are stretching across the land – which means it’s high time to get started on your DIY costume for Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest ! To encourage you to ditch the cheesy costume shops and big box stores we’re giving away an amazing Vanmoof B6 bicycle ( worth $848 ) with built-in lights to the creator of the best handmade costume. Halloween is just a few weeks away and our deadline is November 1st , so now’s the time to get cracking – and if you’re looking for inspiration, check out some of our favorite costumes from past years in the gallery below. ENTER OUR GREEN HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST > Read the rest of Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest for a Chance to Win a $848 Vanmoof B6 Bike! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , bike , costume contest , DIY , diy costume , diy halloween costume , green design , green halloween , Green Halloween Costume Contest , make your own costume , sustainable design , vanmoof , vanmoof b6 , win a bike

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