@Dr Herbie: I love the thinkprogress blog site. Very entertaining especially Joe Romm
By the way Herbie, did you watch the Matt Ridley video at all?
I will watch the video you recommend later when I have time. Update, I see its just text , will read later.
Here is another video worth watching:
and a longer version:
"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.
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Rest assured though that the above has been thoroughly debunked, by, err, calling me names and using the D word: