The sea is under attack from both ends. To the north, the once mighty Jordan, on which it depends for replenishment, has shrunk to a polluted trickle, carrying only one fiftieth of the water it did 70 years ago: after gushing spectacularly out of the side of Mt Hermon far to the north, the river is almost entirely depleted by domestic and agricultural use. And to the south, big industrial concerns deliberately evaporate the sea’s waters to gain valuable minerals.
Eh? Deliberately evaporate?
Friends of the Earth groups in Israel, Jordan and Palestine have long argued for an alternative plan, based on persuading the industries to adopt new technologies that do not evaporate water,
Look, the evaporation simply happens. You\’ve got open water in a hot place: evaporation. The industries are not increasing this one iota. They are, rather, taking advantage of it. The hugely salty water contains, you\’ll not be all that surprised to note, salts. As the water evaporates these salts are left behind and they can be harvested. And they are, for, among other things, the magnesium content.
The tonnage of water that rises up into the skies is not changed by this practice. It\’s just made useful. So WTF are Lean and FoE on about here?