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Wednesday, 8 November, 2000, 16:55 GMT
UN warns of desertification in Asia

The United Nations has warned that widespread desertification is threatening large parts of India, China and Pakistan.

The warning came from Hama Arba Diallo, of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

He told the French news agency during a conference in Bangkok the encroachment could have catastrophic consequences on areas containing four hundred million people. He said dust from Asian deserts was blowing into the Korean peninsula and even Japan, affecting air quality. Mr Diallo said much of the problem was caused by overgrazing, cutting down forests, climate change, slash-and-burn agriculture and erosion.

Chinese officials said earlier this year their country was losing about two-and-a-half thousand square kilometers of land annually to spreading deserts, and that the nearest had moved to within a hundred-and-sixty kilometers of Beijing.

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