Aral Sea ‘one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters’

Telegraph: Published: 12:00AM BST 05 Apr 2010 The sea which has shrunk by 90 per cent has ruined the once-robust fishing economy and left fishing trawlers stranded in sandy wasterlands. The sea shrank largely due to a Soviet project to boost cottong production in the arid region. Its evaporation has left layers of highly salted sand, which winds can carry as far away as Scandinavia and Japan, and which plague local people with health troubles. Ban Ki-Moon toured the sea by ......

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