a wee (water?) cracker – ht to ‘gertraud T’ via Interest.co.nz

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/20/arab-nations-water-run…

an excerpt:

The Blue Peace report highlights the rapid decline in many of the region’s major water sources. The water level in the Dead Sea has dropped by nearly 150ft since the 1960s. The marshlands in Iraq have shrunk by 90% and the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) is at risk of becoming irreversibly salinised by salt water springs below it.

Meanwhile, says the UN, farm land is becoming unusable as irrigation schemes and intensive farming lead to waterlogging and desalination.

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