Kathleen Nicoll interviewed by BBC regarding Iran’s Salt Lake Urmia

Kathleen Nicoll was recently interviewed by the British Broadcasting System (BBC) for their World Service segment regarding a pledge of half a billion dollars to help restore Iran’s Salt Lake Urmia which has dried and shrunk dramatically (from a depth of 12 meters to 6 with salinity levels increasing by 50%).  Lake Urmia is a salt lake in northwestern Iran near the border with Turkey that’s protected as a national park (along with its 102 islands) that's home to hundreds of birds, reptiles, and mammals.  At its full size, it is the largest lake in the Middle East and the sixth largest saltwater lake on earth with a surface area of approximately 2,000 square miles.  Kathleen noted that, “Managing the water supply in the context of the demand on water resources is really important as we face changing climates over the next few years.  The amount of money committed to this effort is one positive step forward in this direction.”  To listen to the interview, in which she relates Lake Urmia’s condition to a more familiar salt lake, click here (her segment begins at 6:35)

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