Life-Giving Deltas Starved by Dams

Life-Giving Deltas Starved by Dams

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Indus river delta. As deltas sink, local sea levels rise. The link between Effective Sea Level Rise and sediment retention by dams has been confirmed by several studies. Photo source: NASA

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The deltas of great rivers such as the Nile, Mekong, Irrawaddy, Ganges and Brahmaputra belong to the world’s most important rice bowls and population centers. Since they link inland waters and marine environments, deltas are also highly productive ecosystems.

At a time when coastal areas are already battered by climate change, life-giving deltas are being sacrificed to dam building.

As deltas sink, local sea levels rise. The link between Effective Sea Level Rise and sediment retention by dams has been confirmed by several studies…

Read Full Article, by Peter Bosshard, Policy Director, International Rivers / Huffington Post

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