Friday, December 18, 2015

Scarred Riverbeds and Dead Pistachio Trees in a Parched Iran - NYT

Iran is in the grip of a seven-year drought that shows no sign of breaking and that, many experts believe, may be the new normal. Even a return to past rainfall levels might not be enough to head off a nationwide water crisis, since the country has already consumed 70 percent of its groundwater supplies over the past 50 years.
Always arid, Iran is facing desertification as lakes and rivers dry up and once-fertile plains become barren. According to the United Nations, Iran is home to four of the 10 most polluted cities in the world, with dust and desertification among the leading causes.
bth: no matter how you cut it, Iran has got to make significant investments into its own infrastructure both in oil and gas, in pollution systems and most importantly into water and water management.  What that means for how Iran relates to the world at large remains to be seen but I would think it would encourage important social changes with the outside world.

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