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Climate change will alter flow of the Nile

Wednesday 3 May 17 10:00am

Displaced people collecting water on the banks of the River Nile, South Sudan | Geoff Pugh


By TIM RADFORD | A 5000-year-old problem is about to get much more problematic. Climate change will make it harder than ever to bank on the flow and annual flood of the River Nile.

The Nile is the natural world’s great gift to human history: its annual flood delivered nourishing silt and vital water for the farmers who supported a hierarchy that founded a civilisation.

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