One of the major problems we have with climate change is Desertification, the process of good stable land becoming poorer in soil quality until (at worst) land once full of growing plants becomes a desert. Every year Earth loses 12 million hectares to desertification (an area about the size of the country of Benin.)
In the US alone, it’s estimated that we lose about $42 billion/year to land degradation. Looking at those statistics, this scenario looks bleak.
However, in the 1970’s, when desertification became widely known and people started to become engaged in combating it, 40% of the Earth’s land mass had already degraded land. Today that percentage has dropped to 24%. That’s right. Global efforts have improved land quality in 16% of the land mass on Earth. You don’t hear this in the news.