Fertile Crescent turning to dust as drought takes hold

Outlet: Johnston Press Digital Publishing

October 17, 2010

THE farmlands spreading north and east of the Euphrates river were once the bread basket of the region, a vast expanse of golden wheatfields and bucolic sheep herds.
Now, after four consecutive years of drought, this heartland of the Fertile Crescent – including much of neighbouring Iraq – appears to be turning barren…

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