The once Fertile Crescent is now drying up

The ‘Fertile Crescent’ known historically for nourishing early human civilizations with lush growing environments as they learned advancements in farming in ancient times, is now drying up.

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Desertification has swept through enormous swaths of the Middle East, particularly Iraq and Syria.

Rising temperatures, reduced rainfall, salinity and dust storms have harmed the once fertile terrain and people.

Livelihoods and survival in the arid environment are nearly impossible to sustain. Close to 40 percent of Iraq is threatened, President Abdul Latif Rashid told the #COP27 summit in Egypt last week.

Syria and other Middle East countries could see some communities grow increasingly at odds with each other over scarce water resources.

In 2021 Syria entered its worst drought in more than 20 years.