Desert coverage has been falling by about 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) each year for the past five to six years, Zhu Lieke, deputy director of the State Forestry Administration, said at a news conference. From the IHT
China Losing War With Advancing Deserts by Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute (8/5/03)
Sahara desert frontiers turn green from the BBC (9/18/02)
Sahara expanding at an alarming pace: Climate and Life protection Portal CLIPP.org (8/31/06)
Africa's deserts are in "spectacular" retreat New Scientist (9/18/02)
Africa, too, is plagued with expanding deserts. In the north, the Sahara Desert is pushing the populations of Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria northward toward the Mediterranean.
Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute (11/15/06)
Global warming could end Sahara droughts, says study, The Guardian (9/16/05)