Peru bores through Andes to water desert after century of dreams

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ptiffany wrote:

This isn’t “radical” or even new. Irrigation is a centuries old technique for spreading water. The California Water Project completed four decades ago successfully redistributed abundant water from Northern California hundreds of miles south to the deserts of Southern California. In fact this is the only human engineering project visible from space. Even the Great Wall of China is not visible from space.

Pollution, energy, potable water and global warming are the big issues of this century. Our responses to these challenges will determine the life and death of billions of people

Apr 04, 2013 3:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KMackin wrote:

In response to a comment, what is new is boring through the Andes to transport water from one side of a continental divide to the other. That is fairly radical.

Apr 04, 2013 7:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:

Good stuff. This is how to grow an economy, growing and making things – not printing money.

Apr 04, 2013 9:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Anthonykovic wrote:

The concept sound intriguing, but remember Peru is Latin America and not the USA.

Shifting water to the other side of the mountain is relatively straightforward. Spreading benefits fairly to the population is already in jeopardy.

Small farmers will get almost nothing; only a few well-connected large firms will control everything. Hordes of Peruvians can look forward to being nothing more than cheap labor, earning a few dollars a day harvesting export fruit for Dole and Driscolls. I guess it’s better than sifting through dirt, but hardly a plan for stunning progress either.

Apr 04, 2013 10:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rdinTempe wrote:

If the water isn’t taking the normal course through the Amazon, how will this affect the river and it’s ecosystem? I didn’t see any mention of that in this article.

I guess they don’t have to do an environmental study before construction, even if it has internationl impact.

Apr 10, 2013 6:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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