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Groundwater Depletion Worsening All Over the World

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A pioneering new study by University of California scientists says the arid Middle East is rapidly getting drier. They say groundwater depletion in the Tigris-Euphrates-Western Iran region is happening much faster than people expected. Depletion is quickened by farmers who pump water from limited underground aquifers to feed crops. These aquifers will not be replenished, and groundwater depletion is worsening all over the world – especially in the arid and semi-arid parts of the globe. Unsustainable loss of a vital resource like water could lead to disputes between countries in the region without an international plan for water policy and sharing. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angelos.

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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