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Red-Dead sea plan raises eco concerns

Updated: 2013-08-31 08:16
By Ido Liven in Jerusalem ( China Daily)

Red-Dead sea plan raises eco concerns

A plan to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea could save it from total evaporation and bring desalinated, drinkable water to thirsty neighbors Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians.

But environmentalists warn that the "Red-Dead" project could have dire consequences, altering the unique chemistry of the landmark inland lake at the lowest point on land on Earth.

Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said on Monday that his government had decided to press ahead with the $980 million project, which would give the parched Hashemite kingdom 100 million cubic meters of water a year.

Red-Dead sea plan raises eco concerns

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