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The devil and the disappearing sea, or, How I tried to stop the world's worst ecological catastrophe

Author: Robert W Ferguson
Publisher: Vancouver : Raincoast Books, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Here is a true story about the Aral Sea catastrophe - and what happens to a well-meaning aid worker who heads off to one of the earth's poorest regions to try and change the world." "In January 2000, Rob Ferguson went to Tashkent to work on an environmental project to save the Aral Sea. By the time he left Central Asia a year later, he was under suspicion for murder. And the project hed achieved almost nothing:  Read more...
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Named Person: Robert W Ferguson; Robert W Ferguson; Robert W Ferguson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert W Ferguson
ISBN: 1551927373 9781551927374 1551925990 9781551925998
OCLC Number: 54905709
Notes: Hardcover ed. (2003) published under title: The devil and the disappearing sea: a true story about the Aral Sea catastrophe.
Description: 269 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
Other Titles: How I tried to stop the world's worst ecological catastrophe
Responsibility: Rob Ferguson.

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"Here is a true story about the Aral Sea catastrophe - and what happens to a well-meaning aid worker who heads off to one of the earth's poorest regions to try and change the world." "In January 2000, Rob Ferguson went to Tashkent to work on an environmental project to save the Aral Sea. By the time he left Central Asia a year later, he was under suspicion for murder. And the project hed achieved almost nothing: once the world's fourth largest inland body of water, the sea is now 20% of its 1960 size; experts say it will be gone by 2020." "The Devil and the Disappearing Sea is a tragi-comic tale told with panache and a storyteller's eye for detail. Ferguson wanted to do something positive for a region devasated by poverty, war and environmental degradation. Instead he encounters corrupt officials, bumbling bureaucrats, Russian mafia and a slew of deep-set problems. As the project gets mired down, only the friendly people and his sharp sense of humour keep him on the right sid eof sanity."--Back cover.

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