Monday, March 13, 2006
Death of the World's Rivers
by Geoffrey Lean, by the lndependent/UK
The world's great rivers are drying up at an alarming rate, with devastating consequences for humanity, animals and the future of the planet.
The Independent on Sunday can today reveal that more than half the world's 500 mightiest rivers have been seriously depleted. Some have been reduced to a trickle in what the United Nations will this week warn is a "disaster in the making".
From the Nile to China's Yellow River, some of the world's great water systems are now under such pressure that they often fail to deposit their water in the ocean or are interrupted in the course to the sea, with grave consequences for the planet.
Adding to the disaster, all of the 20 longer rivers are being disrupted by big dams. One-fifth of all freshwater fish species either face extinction or are already extinction.
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