Independent/4 October 2009

Drought could parch close to 70 percent of the planet's soil by 2025 unless countries implement policies to slow desertification, a senior United Nations official has warned. ...

Who is responsible for turning the earth into a dried prune? Industry.

But who will pay to counter the desertification trend, if that is possible? Taxpayers.

(I'm on-topic with this, though it probably didn't seem that way at first glance.)