Goodbye Euphrates

Turkey and Syria get first dibs on the Euphrates

Turkey and Syria get first dibs on the Euphrates

The New York Times recently published an article and an accompanying slideshow on the two-year drought–and unconscionable water-hogging by neighboring Turkey and Syria–that is decimating the country and drying up the  main artery of its life blood, the Euphrates River*. The article notes also that the current crisis is partially due to Iraq’s misuse of water over recent decades.

By the way, I found the link to the Times‘s story at what looks to me to be a very valuable news aggregator, GlobalPost. It features quick hits on and links to stories about planet-wide goings-on. Actually there’s something posted about the Moon today, so we may be talking solar system-wide coverage. My quick description does not do justice to its robust content. Check it out.

This from the Times’ slideshow:

Strangled by the water policies of its neighbors, Turkey and Syria, a two-year drought and years of misuse by Iraq and its farmers, the Euphrates River is significantly smaller than it was just a few years ago, and some officials worry that it could soon be half of what it is now.

* Caveat: I often link to Wikipedia to offer background information. I don’t think that the site generally is even close to infallible, but I think we’re safe when it comes to geography, and to some extent, history.

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