Due to climate change in Ukraine in the coming decades, the south of the country may turn into a continuous desert, unique fertile black soil will be lost. The Ukrainian scientist, director of the National Antarctic Scientific Center Yevhen Dykyi spoke about this on the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel.
According to him, the climate has changed throughout the history of our planet, but it has never changed at such a rate.
"In Ukraine there is such a wonderful exotic area, called Oleshkivsky sands - a small fragment of the desert in the Kherson region. People there like to drive jeeps, they even brought camels for tourists. While this is a small piece, it is very cool, it is exotic. But the problem is, that this formation is not natural. In place of these Oleshkivsky sands there were fertile chernozems, a typical Ukrainian steppe," says the scientist.
He recalled that in just a few decades, due to improper plowing and drying, such a desert had formed in this area.
"We are now facing the threat and the actual prospect of scaling the Oleshkivsky sands to the entire south of Ukraine. Everything that is a steppe zone in 30 years may be the next Oleshkivsky sands," the scientist said
Dykyi noted that the south has always been arid - "always the amount of precipitation was on the verge of what is needed for agricultural land, and now this border is very much shifted."
The scientist added that the rise in the level of the world ocean and possible flooding of Ukraine is a distant prospect.
Earlier, the Professional Association of Ecologists said that climatic changes in Ukraine in 10 years may become irreversible if immediate measures are not taken.