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Satellite Images Show Desertification Eating Into India's Agricultural land

More than a quarter of India's land is turning to desert and the rate of degradation of agricultural areas is increasing, according to new analysis of satellite images. A report from the Indian Space Research Organization says land degradation — broadly defined as loss of productivity — is estimated at 96 million hectares, or nearly 30 percent of Indian land. "As a country we should be more than alarmed by this data," said S. Janakarajan, chairman of the South Asia...

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