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Planted deserts will prevent famine and sequester CO2

  • Arie S. Issar
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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to trigger the preparation of an international development plan, which will aim to settle the deserts, which form a third of the area of the continents of the world. Design/methodology/approach – This plan will enhance projects aimed to provide food to the present and future starving populations. Findings – Warnings that starvation on a global scale is approaching were heard at the meeting of the World Summit on Food Security, held at the Food and Agriculture Organization Headquarters in Rome (16-18 November 2009) and at the UN Copenhagen Conference (7-18 December 2009). The warnings were based on the observations that global temperatures are increasing due to the ongoing and forecasted increase in green house gases, and because of the increase in the population in the developing countries. Practical implications – The settling of the deserts will be based on the conceptual model of Progressive Development, which will bring about the greening of the deserts by the utilizing the existing soil reserves and water reserves below and adjacent to the thus far empty and desolate regions. The development will proceed stage by stage from the utilization of shallow groundwater resources to the deeper aquifers and later to diversion of rivers flowing into the sea adjacent to the borders of the deserts. Social implications – Development of renewable energy resources and technical education of local population and new settlers will progress simultaneously. Originality/value – The plan revealed in the following paper is the original initiative of its writer.

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    Volume (Year): 9 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (July)
    Pages: 192-197

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