19 Sep '11, 3am

New Times Atlas Turning Greenland Green

New Times Atlas Turning Greenland Green

The breaking up of the Antarctica ice shelves – the atlas’s new Antarctica image shows the breaking up of the Larsen B ice shelf and Wilkins ice shelf, along with the ‘ice bridge’ that once joined it to Charcot Island. The shrinking of seas and lakes – the level of the Dead Sea has dropped 12m in the last 12 years – the height of three double-decker buses. The main cause of this is the draining of water from the Sea of Galilee and diverting the flow of the Jordan River in order to turn the desert green. The rapid shrinking of the Aral Sea in Central Asia as it continues its rapid retreat – it has shrunk by 75% since 1967. The drying up of rivers, requiring them to be redrawn – most years the Colorado River does not reach the sea due to damming, irrigation, evaporation and water being redirected to cities such as Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. In Mongolia, the Ongyin Gol ri...

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