Proposal: Tow icebergs to South Africa to solve water crisis

Proposal: Tow icebergs to South Africa to solve water crisis

[Ed. – No doubt there are eco-warriors who will object.  It might help millions of people out, sure, but what will our poster-polar-bear do?]

Huge icebergs could be towed from Antarctica to Cape Town in a bid to solve South Africa’s worst drought in a century.

Marine salvage experts are floating the plan to tug the icebergs to the region after its seen the worst water shortage in decades.

Salvage master Nick Sloane told Reuters news agency he was looking for government and private investors for a scheme to guide huge chunks of ice across the ocean, chop them into a slurry and melt them down into millions of litres of drinking water. …

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South Africa has declared a national disaster over the drought that hit its southern and western regions after 2015 and 2016 turned into two of the driest years on record.

Tough water restrictions are already in place and Cape Town authorities have warned that taps could run dry altogether as soon as next year if winter rains do not come to the rescue of the port city’s four million residents.

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