Iraq’s mighty river Tigris is drying up

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It was the river that is said to have watered the biblical Garden of Eden and helped give birth to civilisation itself. But today the Tigris is dying. Human activity and climate change have choked its once mighty flow through Iraq, where – with its twin river the Euphrates – it made Mesopotamia a cradle of civilisation thousands of years ago. Iraq may be oil-rich but the country is plagued by poverty after decades of war and by droughts and desertification. Battered by one natural disaster after another, it is one of the five countries most exposed to climate change, according to the UN. From …

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