One of the biggest issues that the Middle East faces every year is frequent droughts and dessert storms which have a negative impact on crops and the water supply for many countries. Air pollution is said to be the prime reason for these droughts and desserts. Over use of the Jordan River is having a heavy impact on the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. Many Middle Eastern countries heavily rely on these bodies of water for their survival. Actions at international level have been taken in hopes of fixing this ecological disaster. Countries such as Morocco are experiencing major environmental issues such as land degradation, “water supplies containment by raw sewage and oil pollution of coastal waters.” As of right now, Jordan is not part of the UN Millennium Development Goals along with many other Middle Eastern Countries. Hopefully in the near future Jordan can become a member and start taking the necessary actions towards solving these environmental issues.
Posted by Irina Franz
- Jordan to launch ‘first phase’ of Dead Sea canal (dailystar.com.lb)
- The Dead Sea is Dying (slate.com)
- Environmentalists warn plan to link Red Sea with Dead Sea could have dire consequences (rawstory.com)