Aral Sea

Protesters in Ireland tried to stop officials from installing water meters as the country began charging residents for water for the first time since 1997, Bloomberg News reported. Customers are expected to pay an average of $US 299 for water each year, but bills will not start until January 2015. Pollution The construction of a […]

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Scientists are trying to understand whether the drought that has scorched much of the United States this summer is a cut their water consumption, according to EnergyWire. A new study reveals an astronomical Climate change and a mining boom threaten to disrupt Mongolia’s economy, according to New Security Beat. A agriculture and the energy industry […]

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China will introduce a new water pricing mechanism by 2015, the Xinhua news agency reported. According to the new plan, water rates will rise exponentially as water consumption increases. Peruvian president Ollanta Humala said on Saturday that the Newmont Mining Corporation would guarantee ample water supplies for towns near its proposed Conga gold mine, Reuters […]

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California’s Aral Sea? The vanishing Salton Sea figures large in a court battle over how Southern California gets its water, with huge costs for human health, ecological health and agricultural production, Associated Press reported. And check out again Brent Stirton’s images from the Imperial Valley and the Coachella Valley in California. Shale gas exploration in […]

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Test wells produce the first significant volumes of gas, confirming speculation about gas reserves in the region.

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As the Aral Sea gains global recognition as the most extreme kind of environmental disaster, Yusup Kamalov, chairman of the Union for the Defense of the Aral Sea and Amudarya, shares an expert’s perspective.

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits During a visit to five former Soviet republics, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon encouraged Central Asian leaders to work together to keep the Aral Sea from disappearing.

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As part of its 10-year anniversary, NASA’s Earth Observatory has compiled a gallery of images showing annual changes in the Earth’s land, water and atmosphere in places such as Central Asia, Australia, Iraq and the Amazon.

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“Good news – the mother sea is coming,” says a sign hanging over a street in the town of Aral, Kazakhstan.

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KOK ARAL, Kazakhstan – There is not a drop of water to be seen around the port of Aralsk — a silent testament to decades of Soviet experiments with nature that have turned the Aral Sea, once the world’s fourth largest lake, into a salt-encrusted desert.

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