Dying Guatemala lake underlines climate change threat

Lake Atescatempa in Guatemala is dying and with it the livelihoods of residents dependent on fishing. AFP photo


ATESCATEMPA, Guatemala: The dried-out oyster shells lie on a landscape parched and cracked by the sun.

This is what is left of Lake Atescatempa, once a vast blue-green body of water in southwestern Guatemala.

Now the lake is dying, a conspicuous victim of the climate change that is projected to profoundly and irreversibly affect Central America.

A prolonged drought descended on the region last year, shriveling two rivers that feed into Lake Atescatempa, and with it the flow of...

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