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Rising seas threaten fertile Nile Delta

February 1st, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Half a million inhabitants displaced. About 70,000 jobs lost. A major source of both food and revenue virtually wiped out.

That’s the grim forecast for Egypt’s Nile Delta, as rising seawaters threaten the nation’s most fertile food-producing region.

Over the last century, the Mediterranean Sea has risen about six inches, according to a recent government study. The introduction of so much salt water already has forced some farmers off their land, while others struggle to find ways to protect their homes and livelihoods.

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