Monday, July 13, 2009

Tigris and Euphrates

The storied Euphrates river, which supplies Iraq with much of its usable water, is drying up. This ecological and social catastrophe results from politics: Turkey and Syria, which neighbor Iraq, do not have treaties with Iraq governing how much water they can take from the river. They take a lot, much too much.

We live on a small planet; what one country does affects another. For other social and ecological catastrophes caused by the mismanagement of water, see many articles on the Three Rivers Dam in China.


Paul H. Muller said...

BTW, we down here in SoCal are stealing our water from you up there...

Lisa Hirsch said...

And also from Arizona?