Tuesday, July 10, 2007

how to kill a sea

The Post today runs an article about how part of the Aral Sea has returned. How? By closing it off from the other part of it. In other words, it really isn't back.

The murder of the Aral Sea, by Soviet inspired cotton irrigation in Central Asia, is a cautionary tale about how humanity's works can wreak wide-spread ecological disaster. Remember, over-irrigation is just one way we can ruin an inland sea or lake (and dramatically change the local weather and economy). Another way is by reducing rainfall - one of the expected effects of runaway climate change for many places in the world.

Climate change. The one thing we as a country and as a planet should have at the top of our to-fix list.



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