The Caspian Sea has most likely passed the point of no return

Recently, the main attention of scientists working in the field of climate change has been paid to the rise in the level of the World Ocean. Not surprising, since this resulted in an increase in average temperature and anomalous drought in some and catastrophic floods in other regions of the Earth.

At the same time, practically no attention is paid to the situation in inland water bodies, in particular, on the largest inland sea of ​​our planet - the Caspian Sea. According to the results of studies published in the journal Communications Earth & Environment, by the end of this century, its level may fall by 9-18 meters, which will lead to complete dehydration of its southeastern part, that is, 34% of its current area of ​​371, 000 sq. ... kilometers.

Scientists believe that without the adoption of joint coordinated measures, the consequences of the gradual drying up of the Caspian can become catastrophic for the entire surrounding ecosystem. The death of unique natural communities will inevitably entail grave consequences for the economy - fishing, shipping, sea trade, and lead to the collapse of agriculture.

Using the situation with the Caspian Sea as an example, the authors of the study call for the intensification of global measures to save lakes and inland seas, which have been forgotten by the world scientific community for an unfairly long time.