A desert landscape that is home to so many ancient cultures is disappearing.
For the past 100 years, the region around the Arabian Peninsula has been home to millions of people who have lived in harmony and peace.
But that is about to change.
The region is in the middle of a major ecological crisis, as global temperatures have warmed by more than three degrees Celsius (five degrees Fahrenheit) in the last two decades.
In recent decades, the amount of fresh water available to farmers in the region has plummeted, causing many to turn to desalination plants to fill the gap.
The result is that the region’s freshwater resources are being depleted, as water is being depleted in the face of the growing threat of desertification.
A report by the UN’s International Commission on the Environment (ICCE) said this year was the worst in the world for water scarcity in the Arabian peninsula.
“The [water] crisis is being driven by the growing desertification,” said Professor Paul Kastner, from the Centre for Environmental Studies at King’s College London, in a statement.
“Desalination is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global economy, but it has been largely neglected by policymakers and scientists alike.”‘
A very, very big problem’A key challenge facing desalinated water in the Middle-East is that there are very few reservoirs in the area, and in the absence of them, the water is wasted.
“It’s like having a very, kind of, very, big problem,” Kastener told Al Jazeera.
The report found that the vast majority of desalinating plants in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea are located in desert regions that lack water sources.
This is because water is extracted from the sand by the sand and the saltwater of the sea, which is then sent back to the ocean.
“This water is then collected in huge amounts, it’s not distributed evenly.
It’s just wasted water,” said Kastenner.
This water can be used to desalinise water for irrigation, but Kaster warned that this process has not been able to meet the demands of the desert region’s farmers.
“In fact, we have a huge problem, and it’s very, long and very, bad,” he said.
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that desertification is becoming more and more common in the country’s regions.
“There are more and better dams and more and bigger, more sophisticated desaline systems,” Kartner said.
“So it’s really not just a question of desalinising water for a small number of farmers in particular, but the desertification of the whole country.”
He added: “This is a very serious situation.”
In the Arabian Gulf, for example, the country has a large number of dams that have been constructed to divert water from rivers to agricultural fields.
“And the more you desalinate, the more this diversion is going to get deeper,” said the professor.
“For example, one of these dams is in Saudi Arabia, which means that a lot of the water in Saudi Arabian agriculture comes from the Gulf.”
We’re talking about a lot more water going out of the Gulf into the sea and then into the Arabian Desert.
So, it means that in the future, a lot will be lost.
“Kastner said that the increasing desertification in the Arab Peninsula is not just due to climate change.”
Climate change is also contributing to this problem, because there are so many different types of desert conditions,” he added.”
When we have this big water deficit, that’s going to increase the need for water, which in turn is going also to increase demand for water.
“Kartner also pointed out that many of the people living in the deserts in the Gulf are already vulnerable to climate disasters, such as the drought and the flooding of the Great Lakes that the Gulf region is dependent on for drinking water.”
Because of climate change, the world is getting a little bit hotter,” he explained.”
What’s happening is that this climate change is increasing the frequency of heatwaves, it is increasing floods, it also has increased desertification, and that is going on now.”‘
The Arabian Desert is becoming a desert again’The report also pointed to a number of potential solutions to the problem of desertization, but these have so far been largely theoretical.”
All of the solutions, whether they are theoretical or implemented, have to do with desalinations,” Kistner said, explaining that the desert is not an ecosystem.”
As long as the desert environment is the same, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a desert or an arid environment,” he continued.”
You can’t get rid of it.
There’s no point in desalting the desert, because the desert ecosystem is the source of life for all the other life on Earth.
“Kistner also noted that the problem is not confined