"Mideast Water Crisis Brings Misery, Uncertainty"

"The Middle East is facing its worst water crisis in decades. For three summers, the annual rains have failed to come. Farmland has dried up across the region in Iraq, Syria, southeast Turkey and Lebanon.

While oil was the resource that defined the last century, water and its scarcity may define this one.

Experts say the climate is warming in the Fertile Crescent, the area of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, contributing to the water shortage and helping to create a new phenomenon — water refugees. "

Deborah Amos reports for NPR's All Things Considered January 7, 2010 (1st of 2 parts).

Source: NPR, 01/08/2010