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Death of the Nile: destruction of the origin of our species

Peter Schwartzstein writes about how climate change, rising populations and the understudied construction of dams are destroying the longest river in the world. The source of the Blue section of the Nile in Lake Tana is the river’s engine. It is there, in the East African Rift Valley of both Lake Tana and Lake Victoria (the source of the White Nile) that the hominid/human species first developed. The river’s creeping destruction is thus symbolic of our current species-level suicide project.