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The Nile, Egypt's Lifeline in the Desert, Comes Under Threat


Environment  (tags: ecosystems, environment, water, world, protection, nature, conservation, politics )

Cal
- 519 days ago - latimes.com
Poor African capitals are increasingly challenging Cairo for the river's water, without which Egypt's economy would wither and die.



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Christeen Anderson (419)
Monday November 12, 2012, 2:19 am
This doesn't sound good at all. Noted with concern.
 

John S. (294)
Monday November 12, 2012, 3:47 am
Noted, I'm surprised this issue hasn't really caused a problem before, but I guess new technologies makes it possible for other countries to intervene in the supply than previously possible.... I can't say they don't have a right to it.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday November 12, 2012, 5:29 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

John B. (215)
Monday November 12, 2012, 8:11 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Jeffrey Fleishman. This is going to be an explosive issue with Egypt and her neighbors in the next 5 to 10 years. I'm very surprised that Ethiopia with sunshine year round is investing in a hydro-power project and not in solar energy. Read and noted
 

Sue Matheson (62)
Monday November 12, 2012, 9:28 pm
thanks
 

Monica D. (580)
Monday November 12, 2012, 9:48 pm
I think that humanity needs to restrain its numbers and demands on nature. The current economic system, however, promotes endless growth. I think that we need a more environmentally sustainable economy, along the general lines promotd by CASSE at http://steadystate.org .
 

Frans Badenhorst (537)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 12:26 am
noted.....
 

Pogle S. (88)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 12:31 am
Water wars next then?
 

Patricia H. (477)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 12:32 am
noted
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 4:24 am
Water resources have to be shared fairly.
 

Bernard Cronyn (31)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:30 am
A well-known ecologist and friend pointed out many years ago that some of the conflicts in Africa were more to do with competition for dwindling water and other resources as the population exploded than the more popular theme of “tribe and religion”. Many of his colleagues condemned his stance from their comfortable armchairs (The ones who travel least know the most it seems) and he was described often as “discredited”. He also predicted that conflict over river resources would escalate. There is only one decent sized river flowing North into the Mediterranean from Africa and that is the Nile. Egypt is at the end of a long thirsty queue for water and upstream are big countries like the Sudan and Ethiopia. Egypt has already destroyed a lot of its good agricultural land thanks to Nasser, the USSR and the Aswan dam that limited the age old seasonal flooding that deposited rich sediment year after year in the delta. Shortage of arable land is nearly as big an issue as the water one. Should the guys upstream decide to get gnarly and grab more water and build more dams as their population grows, other than war there is not much the Egyptians can do. Nile conflict will not be the only African Water game in town. The Omo River flows from the Ethiopian highlands into Lake Turkana in Kenya’s arid Northern Frontier District. Those paragons of ecological virtue the Chinese are busy building a dam in Ethiopia that will “control” the annual flooding and hold water back in that country. The Turkana, Dassanach, Hamer, Nyangatom, Karo, Kwegu, Mursi, Bodi, and Me'en people farther down- stream depend on the annual flooding. Without it many will die. Will the Ethiopians or the Chinese take responsibility for them? History suggests that the answer to that will be an emphatic “No!” A quick look at Africa indicates that there are not that many large rivers on this continent and if one flies over Africa, apart from the Central West, the predominant colour seen is brown. Africa with its exploding population is a dry continent. Do not tell the politicians; they have not worked that sort of stuff out yet.
 
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