The Sahara Desert’s grassland has never been this green before.
The Sahara has always been one of the world’s most biodiverse places.
Now, the region has an annual grassland bloom of some 1.5 million hectares (3.3 million acres), and that’s on the upswing, according to the World Conservation Union (WCI).
But while the region’s grasslands are thriving, it’s also getting hit by severe drought.
So what’s going on?
In a recent paper published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, researchers found that the region is experiencing its worst drought on record.
The drought has caused massive soil erosion, resulting in a massive amount of dead vegetation, according the researchers.
“The vast majority of the desert’s grasses have gone,” said lead author Adam Tully of the University of Minnesota.
“It’s a desert that’s lost its greenness.
We’re seeing some very significant soil erosion.”
But the desert is not alone.
Scientists have also found that over the past 100 years, the deserts grasslands have become more and more sparse, and in turn, more and less fertile.
And it’s not just the deserts that are getting drier.
The researchers found drought-induced land loss in some regions of Africa, as well.
But they say that this is not the whole story.
“For the first time in history, the Sahara has experienced a decline in its overall productivity,” said Tully.
“So there’s a lot of grassland left that has lost productivity and that has degraded the land.”
The researchers say that their results show that the overall productivity of the deserts ecosystem is declining, and the desertlands ecosystem is getting increasingly degraded.
So is the ecosystem.
But this study only scratches the surface of the problem.
In order to understand the effects of climate change on the ecosystems in the desert, scientists need to study more detailed data on the carbon cycle in the ecosystem, the amount of carbon dioxide that’s being released into the atmosphere, and its contribution to the global climate.
It’s not surprising, then, that climate scientists have started looking at carbon sequestration in the deserts.
The problem is that climate models have long assumed that the climate would respond to carbon dioxide levels, and that we’d only be able to sequester about a third of the carbon dioxide we release into the air.
And as the researchers explain, this has not happened.
Instead, the carbon that is being sequestered is going into the oceans.
And these models assume that CO2 levels will stay high for a while longer.
But as the authors point out, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that carbon dioxide is now inching up the climate system, and could be increasing over time.
“We are starting to see a slowdown in CO2 increase, with a clear signal that COII levels are going up,” said researcher Jonathan Smith of Duke University.
“This is important because the carbon sink will be the primary target for CO2 mitigation in the coming decades.”
So if CO2 isn’t going up fast enough, and there is still enough CO2 left in the atmosphere to drive climate change, how can we control it?
There are a few things we can do, said Smith.
We can reduce our CO2 emissions by building and improving infrastructure, like greening our homes and businesses, or building renewable energy sources like wind turbines, solar panels, and biofuels.
And we can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by planting more trees.
“In order to mitigate the impacts of CO2 on our ecosystems, we need to shift our energy system to zero carbon sources,” Smith said.
But in the meantime, we must keep our eyes on the ground.
We know that climate change is happening.
And while we can’t control the effects, we can control how we react.
“These are not the only solutions,” said Smith, “but they’re very powerful.
And I think we can use them together.”