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Rivers Must Flow – March 22, 2013

If a river's flow is our planet’s heartbeat, then we humans are the heart disease

A version of this article originally appeared online in Al Jazeera.

Rivers act as the planet’s circulatory system. Like our body’s circulation system, the planetary one doesn’t work very well when it’s clogged. If a river's flow is its heartbeat, then we humans are the heart disease. We’ve blocked most major rivers with dams, bled them dry with water diversions, and given up all too many once-great rivers for dead once we’ve used them up.

photonamePhoto by Visit Greece/Flickr
The Nestos River, in Kavala, Greece. Free-flowing rivers are now such a rarity that they would be classified as an endangered species if they… more

by: Lori Pottinger

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