Iran’s Mega Drought Drives Rapid Desertification

While the Western world frets about nukes, Iran has been rapidly running out of H2O.

Iran MegadroughtOne of many dried up rivers and lakes across Iran

Iran is now seven years into a mega-drought that shows no signs of ending. As water sources disappear, the Persians face a long term water nightmare as the country continues to deplete its groundwater. According to the New York Times, 70% of Iran’s groundwater has been sucked up in the past 50 years. As lakes and rivers disappear, the prospects for any type of farming are grim.

Beyond the realities of global warming, human mismanagement and religious conflicts continue to aggravate the crisis.

Iran MegadroughtThe Hamoun area was one of the largest wetlands in the world until about 15 years ago. Today, about 3,000 families are gone, adding to the ever growing list of climate refugees.

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