It’s where mankind was born. Now mankind is killing it, experts say

GlobalPost
Nairobi, Kenya

In the rugged and remote expanse of land that spreads across the border between Kenya and Ethiopia a modern dam is killing an ancient lake.

Lake Turkana is the world’s largest “desert sea,” a vast turquoise ocean in an unremittingly harsh place of wind, heat and dust. Its waters keep the cattle of semi-nomadic pastoralists alive in times of drought and its fish feed the people.

It is one of the origins of mankind where, according to the fossil record, the earliest human ancestors rose up on two legs and began to walk, and it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yet it is threatened with extinction by Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam which is already around three-quarters built and likely to be completed in 2014. Continue reading It’s where mankind was born. Now mankind is killing it, experts say