Desertification is not an issue that affects the UK – discuss
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I disagree with this statement. Whilst desertification is unlikely to directly affect the UK imminently, it’s effects are almost certain to appear over time.
Desertification leads to less food being able to be grown due to the impact of land degradation. With demand for food expanding due to a rising population around the globe, food prices are sure to rocket as a result of increased demand worldwide. The UK will certainly feel the impact of this, as 40% of all consumed food is imported, and this figure is on the rise.
However, it is also possible that the UK will directly suffer from desertification in the form of land degradation. As global temperatures continue to rise, our climate is likely to change. As a result of this, we may begin to see land degradation occurring in a similar to way to that which occurs in areas of southern Europe. In addition to this, our land use is changing, adding to the effect of land degradation.
The UK may also impact politically from issues surrounding desertification. It may find itself home to an increasing number of environmental refugees due to amounting tensions in affected regions around the world.
These events are yet to occur, however, some of the these issues are fast approaching. One thing does remain clear: desertification will affect the UK.