Answer To Drought: Hauling An Arctic Iceberg

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As South Africa and Middle Eastern countries grapple with water scarcity and drought conditions, an innovative idea has been flowing for years to quench them: Towing icebergs to the hot and water-stressed regions. Sounds crazy?

26sounds totally crazy to you

This untapped wealth of water has enticed scientists and entrepreneurs for over a century. There were 19th-Century plans to deliver it by steam-boat to India and to supply breweries in Chile. In the 1940s, John Isaacs of the Scripps Oceanographic Institute recommended towing an iceberg to San Diego to alleviate a Californian drought. In the 1970s, Saudi Prince Mohamed Al-Faisal wanted to haul an Antarctic iceberg across the equator to Saudi Arabia, and sponsored two international conferences on the subject. The EU received proposals in the 2010s to haul an iceberg from Newfoundland to the Canary Islands.

41All these plans have one thing in common

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