Thursday, March 22, 2007

When Rivers No Longer Run Through

If Himalayan glaciers melt away, rivers like the Indus will disappear. Some of the world's major rivers are reaching crisis point because of dams, shipping, pollution and climate change, according to the environment group WWF.

The group reported World's Top 10 Rivers at Risk, says the river "crisis" rivals climate change in importance. Five of its "top 10" are in Asia, such as the Yangtse, Mekong, and Ganges, though Europe's Danube and North America's Rio Grande are also included.

Governments then should see water as an issue of national security. Its report is issued in advance of World Water Day (22 March).

1 comment:

Natalie said...

I would think that the fate of the rivers is directly influenced by the climate. It's all very scary.