Monday, June 21, 2004

In Case You Don't Have Enough To Worry About

The Aral Sea is disappearing. The earth is getting hotter, dimmer, ickier, uglier...

"The Aral Sea receives only a tenth of the water it once did and has shrunk to half its original size.... A new UN report says the Aral Sea, wedged between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, has shrunk by half. The 106-page report warns: "If present trends continue, the Aral Sea will disappear altogether in the not-so-distant future, despite the many piecemeal efforts to save it. Bo Libert, a regional adviser for the UN Economic Commission for Europe, says the damage is so devastating that no matter what revitalizing measures are taken, the sea will never be what it was. "

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