Drying of the Aral Sea

Interesting both for the content about the Aral Sea and for the slightly defensive take on earth observation, which has recently been revealed to be “non-essential“. h/t Christopher O Young on Global Warming Fact of the Day.

See also http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3846843.stm on the health problems caused by this catastrophe.


  1. Not actually germane to this, but it's amusing to note that a commenter at Real Climate cited the disappearance of the Aral Sea as an example of natural cycles at work and why we shouldn't worry about human impacts on the planet. Breathtaking, really.

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