Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Iraqi environment improves

I wonder if environmentalists will give President Bush credit for this excellent development:
The marshlands of Iraq, which were drained during the early 1990s, are returning to their original state.
Under Saddam Hussein, the area of marsh was reduced to a tenth of its former size, as the government punished people living there for acts of rebellion.
The latest United Nations data shows that nearly 40% of the area has been restored to its original condition.
Drinking water and sanitation projects are under way, but the UN says that a full recovery will take many years.
These are satellite images of Iraq's marshland in May 2003 (left) and March 2005 (right) - the dark areas are flooded.

I wouldn't hold my breath. But don't come and tell me war has never solved anything!

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