Dead Sea, Red Sea plan raises environmental hackles
JERUSALEM (AFP) - A plan to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea could save it from total evaporation and bring desalinated water to thirsty neighbours Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians.
But environmentalists warn that the "Red-Dead" project could have dire consequences, altering the unique chemistry of the landmark inland lake at the lowest point on earth.
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur said on Monday that his government had decided to press ahead with the US$980 million (S$1.26 billion) project which would give the parched Hashemite kingdom 100 million cubic metres of water a year.
"The government has approved the project after years of technical, political, economic and geological studies," Mr Nsur told a news conference.