Desert is claiming southeast Spain - 6 Jun 2008  
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Global warming is turning southern Spain into an arid desert land. In the province of Murcia, families have been assigned to receive only 30% of their normal water allotment as local supplies dwindle and water coming from northern Spain has declined due to regional shortages.

Farmers have been trying to adapt by growing less water-intensive crops. Barbara Helferrich, spokeswoman for the European Union's Environment Directorate said, "Water will be the environmental issue this year. The problem is urgent and immediate."
Our prayers go to the people of Spain for the blessing of rainfall and conservation measures to extend the supply of life-giving water. May we strive to live more sustainably for the benefit of our own lives and those of our global neighbors.