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And, according to National Geographic, the world's largest aquifers "are being drawn down at precipitous rates." The Aral Sea in Central Asia has vanished, Lake Turkana in Central Africa is vanishing, and right here in the heart of America, the Ogallala Aquifer, "the immense underground fresh water basin ...
... Kazakhstan series of photographs features banners hung from construction sites in the city of Almaty and depicting idealised images of the country's natural landscapes -- far removed from pictures often associated with Kazakhstan, such as a man-made desert at the exposed seabed of the Aral Sea or the ...

Sergey Sklyarenko said reintroduction started in a reserve on an island in the Aral Sea with fewer than 20 animals. "We have got to now about 4,000 kulans in three wild populations," he said. "The creation of a fourth population will allow to provide new areas for the species and increase its sustainability.".
The Cambodia scenario reminds Robert McLeman, an expert on environmental migration at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, of other places in the world where environmental stressors led to political upheaval: the drought-ravaged Lake Chad basin in West Africa, the shrinking Aral Sea in ...
Now you are lucky to see anyone enjoying the lake." In 2017, a team of scientists from Utah State University published a study in Nature Geoscience analyzing the decline of saline lakes worldwide. While Walker Lake is not declining as quickly as some, including the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan, which has lost ...
Revered by ethnic Azeris as “the turquoise solitaire of Azerbaijan,” Lake Urmia was second only to the Caspian Sea as the largest saltwater lake in the Middle East, a haven for birds and bathers. Since the early 1970s nature and humanity have chipped away at this gem tucked in northwestern Iran, ...

ASTANA (TCA) — On March 29, as part of his working trip to the Kyzylorda province, Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev saw the development of local fish and food industry through the example of a fish processing plant in the city of Aralsk and Araltuz salt plant in the Aral Sea region, the official ...
The Aral Sea is one of the worst human-authored environmental disasters in history. It used to be the world's fourth-largest freshwater lake, until the Soviet Union in the 1960s diverted its two main river-sources for cotton production. In three decades the sea shrank to barely 10% of its former size, splitting ...
More than half the world's wetlands have disappeared, while some of the world's major water bodies such as the Aral Sea, the Dead Sea, the Great Salt Lake and Lake Chad are disappearing at a faster pace. If the current patterns of consumption continue unabated, two-thirds of the world's population will ...
Uzbekistan's answer to that particular problem was to divert the freshwater sources that fed into the Aral Sea in order to irrigate their cotton crops. The Aral Sea was once the world's fourth biggest lake but between the 1950s, when the practice began, and 1997, it had shrunk to 10% of its original size.
The species, which takes its name from the striped pattern on their shells, is native to the drainage basins of the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea. The highly invasive mussel has spread throughout Europe to southern Scandinavia and Britain, east into Eurasia and south to Turkey via shipping ...
“Forty Girls,” the earliest layers of which date to the sixth century B.C., revolves around Gulaim, a 15-year-old girl who rejects marriage and gathers around her 40 like-minded horsewomen on an island in the Aral Sea. That inland sea, in Karakalpakia, a remote desert region in the western part of what is ...
An ambitious restoration project is bringing back fish—and fishermen—to the North Aral Sea in Kazakhstan, National Geographic reports. The Aral Sea was once one of the world's largest freshwater lakes, supplying tens of thousands of tons of fish every year. But after the Soviet Union diverted away rivers ...
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will start implementing joint environmental projects. One of the projects is aimed at preservation of the Aral Sea basin. For this purpose, scientists of the two countries established a special working group. They are planning a 5-year program and involvement of international ...
Suvorova's “Sea Tomorrow” released in 2016 is a Kazakh-German documentary film portraying the life of people living near the Aral Sea, currently on the verge of disappearance, yet losing no hope to save the sea and prevent an environmental disaster. The film was screened at international film festivals ...
Many have heard about the Aral Sea, once the world's fourth biggest lake which is most likely gone forever. Its death has brought about decades of environmental disaster. ... burden-sharing to overcome the Chernobyl legacy. Central Asia cannot afford another environmental disaster like the Aral Sea.
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan agreed on Thursday to launch a special working group that will work to restore the Aral Sea, once the world's fourth biggest lake but now shrunken to just a fraction of its original size. “We have agreed [to design] a joint roadmap that will allow us to find the most effective ways ...

This was stated by Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan Yerik Utembayev during his visit to Karakalpakstan, Kazinform reported. “We have reached an agreement on joint actions to save the Aral Sea. Karakalpakstan has certain experience in the fight against desertification as well as good experience ...
To date, there are eight fish processing plants in the Aral Sea region, four of which have been built during the years of independence. The volume of fish catch has doubled in five years, volume of exports grew nine fold. Over the past five years, more than 1.3 trillion tenge (US$4 billion) of direct investment ...
Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov has reminded his Instagram followers of the “catastrophic” desiccation of the Aral Sea, posting a space photo of what was one ... The Aral Sea (or the Sea of Islands), located between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia, has been steadily turning into a desert.
The development of the fourth Action Program to assist the countries of the Aral Sea basin has begun, the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported on February 7 citing Arslan Rejepov, Turkmenistan's representative at the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS).
Straddling the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the Aral Sea was once the fourth-largest saline lake in the world, an inland sea of 66,000 square kilometres. But in 1950, the Soviets diverted the two rivers that fed it in order to irrigate fields and grow cotton. Little by little, the Aral Sea dried up, ...
One of them, the Aral Sea (the words sea and lake are sometime interchangeable), has dropped completely off the list. Located in an arid region, the Aral Sea's inflowing rivers were diverted beginning in the 1960s for irrigation to increase the production of cotton. This produced a quick economic boom for ...
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, April 24. By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend: In the last decade of August 2018, Ashgabat will host the summit of the founding countries of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), the Turkmenistan State News Agency reported. Turkmen President Gurbanguly ...
ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan's National Geographic Society, QazaqGeography, will organize a research expedition to the North and South Aral Sea area in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan from 10 to 30 May 2018, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported. The trip will cover almost ...
More than a decade ago, Discover reported on an $85 million project to restore what was formerly one of the world's biggest inland bodies of water: the Aral Sea. An oasis on the Silk Road trading route, the sea once covered more than 26,000 square miles across the heart of Central Asia, including parts of Kazakhstan and ...
Once the world's fourth-largest freshwater lake, with an area of some 26,000 square miles, the Aral Sea became the victim of the Soviet Union's agricultural policies in the 1950s. Water from its two river sources—the Amu Darya and Syr Darya—was intentionally diverted for cotton cultivation. (See other ...
Consulting the archives, we can find only five times that all five Central Asian presidents gathered with no other leaders in attendance: December 1991, January 1993, January 1998, April 1999, and April 2009 (though that last one was technically a summit on the Aral Sea). The presidents of Kazakhstan, ...
Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan will create a joint workgroup for saving the Aral Sea, Kazakh Ambassador in Uzbekistan Yerik Utembayev said during his visit to Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan), according to the Uzbek media. “We have reached an agreement on joint actions for saving the Aral Sea.
Round five included harder questions about the Aral Sea, Myanmar and Djibouti, for example, that caused much concentration, in most cases taking all of the 15 seconds allowed to answer. When a contestant gave their second and final wrong answer, with the eight other remaining contestants having only ...
A meeting of the Board of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) has been held in Ashgabat, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a message on January 31. The work plan of IFAS Executive Committee for the period of Turkmenistan's chairmanship was approved and preparations for the ...
Kazakhstan's regions are actively building a mutually beneficial partnership with foreign countries. The Kyzylorda region is strengthening trade and economic ties with Tatarstan. Prospects for cooperation were identified as part of a working visit of the Aral Sea area's delegation to Tatarstan. The delegation ...
The tragic drying up of the Aral Sea, recently one of the world's four largest lakes and now described as one of the planet's greatest environmental disasters, was caused by massive irrigation projects by the Soviets in the 1960s piping water into the desert for growing cotton. Within living memory, it is now ...
This Russia of President Vladimir Putin Mark Two will not, of course, last forever, even with arranged elections. The oil and gas revenues on which it floats will steadily drain away — like the Aral Sea — and leave a lot of Russia high and dry, regardless of any temporary oil production deals with the Saudis.
For example, the volume of water in the Aral Sea has shrunk by around 90% in the past 50 years, mainly because the sea and its rivers have been tapped for irrigation. World Heritage Sites designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are endangered by ...
A team of researchers has created a four-step guide for defining ecosystem collapse, to improve resource management and help protect ecosystems. With over 1,100 islands once dotting its waters, the Aral Sea, bordering Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, was one of the four largest lakes in the world.
The Aral Sea stands as a terrible warning of the consequences of mismanagement. We must use these ecological disasters to spur greater cooperation and action. Central Asian Governments have recently begun to intensify cooperation on water resources through bilateral water commissions and ...
Exports of agricultural products from the southern regions of Kazakhstan are growing. Last year, over 7,000 600 tonnes of fish was processed in the Kyzylorda region and half of the products were exported. The demand for fish is growing not only in the CIS countries and Europe, but also in the neighboring ...
The Aral Sea stands as a terrible warning of the consequences of mismanagement. We must use these ecological disasters to spur greater cooperation and action," he said. The UN chief noted that Central Asian governments have recently begun to intensify cooperation on water resources through bilateral ...
The Aral Sea, located on the border of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, in the center of the Central Asian deserts, used to be the fourth largest lake in the world, after the Caspian Sea, and Lakes Superior and Victoria. Today the Aral Sea is a devastated zone. Its consequences have directly affected the lives ...
Summary: A sad story about Bolivia shows how climate change has become the easy culprit for disasters, allowing powerful special interests to avoiding blame for their actions and advancing the Left's political agenda. This use of science as propaganda has an intolerable cost: it makes us less able to deal ...
Bradley compares the situation to that at Owens Lake near Death Valley, which was drained a century ago to provide water for Los Angeles, and has been called the single largest source of dust pollution in the U.S. Bradley also cites Russia's Aral Sea, which lost 90 percent of its surface area to irrigation, ...
The Western Europe–western China expressway will run from the Baltic Sea in Russia to the Yellow Sea in China. An aerial view of the coastline of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan. In the nineteen-sixties, the Soviet government drained the surrounding rivers to irrigate cotton fields, and the sea shrank to a tenth ...
The successful completion of the canal inspired the disastrous rerouting of rivers that would later bleed the Aral Sea nearly dry. Photo by Max Penson. A Russian instructor teaching Uzbek students. Soviet rule in Uzbekistan was marked by the repression of Islam and the promotion of literacy. Photo by Max ...
In the second half of the 20th century, the Aral Sea – once the fourth largest lake in the world by surface area – began visibly shrinking as the rivers entering the central Asian saline lake, which straddles the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, were diverted to irrigate agriculture. Today, the Aral ...
One of the most infamous and well recognized instances of human-caused environmental catastrophe happened in the Aral Sea in the Central Asian steppes. Once, the Aral Sea was the fourth largest lake in the world by surface area, encompassing over 26,000 square miles. Now, however, the once vast ...
Straddling the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the Aral Sea was once the fourth-largest saline lake in the world, an inland sea of 66,000 square kilometres. But in 1950, the Soviets diverted the two rivers that fed it in order to irrigate fields and grow cotton. Little by little, the Aral Sea dried up, ...
Uzbekistan's foreign ministry said in a statement its embassy staff were en route to the area, roughly midway between the Russian border and the Aral Sea. Last October, another Kazakh-operated bus carrying over 50 Uzbeks was hit by a train in Russia after getting stuck on the tracks; 17 people died in that ...
Birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea and other remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and southeast Asia, visit the lake to escape the biting cold in their native places. They start their homeward journey with the onset of the summer season. Berhampur (Odisha) ...
Birds including grey-legged geese, herons, cranes and pink flamingos migrate from as far as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea, other parts of Russia, and central and southeast Asia, during winter months. We sailed further to join other people in their boats who were waiting for the dolphins to put up a ...


 

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