Fertile Crescent 'will disappear this century'

Fertile Crescent 'will disappear this century'


By Fred Pearce IS THIS the final curtain for the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent? With the region beset by drought and a slew of projected new dams in the pipeline, it is looking increasingly likely that the Mesopotamian cradle of civilisation will become a desert. In ancient times the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers through Iraq were bountiful, sustaining civilisations such as Sumer and cities like Babylon. That stands in stark contrast to a detailed assessment of the region’s future under climate change, published in 2007 by Japanese and Israeli meteorologists (Hydrological Research Letters, DOI:
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