Dec. 22, 2015
A Parched Iran – Thomas Erdbrink (New York Times)
Iran is in the grip of a seven-year drought that shows no sign of breaking, and the country has already consumed 70% of its groundwater supplies over the past 50 years.
According to the UN, Iran is home to four of the 10 most polluted cities in the world, with dust and desertification among the leading causes.
In Gomishan, on the shores of the Caspian Sea, the fishermen who once built houses on poles surrounded by fresh water now have to drive for miles to reach the receding shoreline.
In Kerman province, 1,455 of 2,064 village reservoirs have dropped below levels needed to sustain the population, according to the local water management agency.
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