WATCH: Dead Sea shrinkage predicts future mega-drought

While the western side of the Dead Sea in Israel is well-studied.
"Now we are with our partners and colleagues from Columbia University to study and sample different water resources from the eastern part of the Dead Sea and besides that we are sampling rocks and different soil profiles to see any indicators of the paleoclimate which is the climate thousands of years ago to have a clear idea about what was the climate, what is the climate now, and then we can forecast the future climate of the Dead Sea area," says Marwan al-Raggad, a hydrologist at the University of Jordan.
"Our main objective is to study the climate in the area and to see how the climate affects the Dead Sea and for sure if the climate is affecting the Dead Sea it will affect the ecosystem it will affect the whole community of the area in the Middle East and Northern Africa areas that is contributing to the Dead Sea areas."
Roughly 80 percent of the Dead Sea’s water vanished in the last mega-drought, according to Goldstein, and the same amount is already gone from the watershed because of human activity.
Their findings have led them to believe that the water now used by Israel, Palestine, and Jordan from the Dead Sea watershed will likely disappear during the next mega-drought, a phenomenon predicted to happen this century by climate models.
What is PBA?
PBA is a distinct condition that can happen to people after they suffer from a traumatic brain injury or neurologic condition such as stroke.
It results in sudden, frequent and uncontrollable episodes of crying and/or laughing that don’t match how a person feels.i It affects about two million people in the U.S. who suffer from common neurologic diseases or brain injury, and can affect men and women.ii Who is diagnosed with PBA?
While these conditions can often coexist—meaning some people can have both PBA and depression—both conditions are manageable and should be independently diagnosed.i When she was diagnosed, Dyanna felt relieved to finally have a name for the symptoms she was experiencing.
Talk to your doctor It is important for people who have had a stroke or who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, TBI, MS, Parkinson’s or ALS, or their loved ones, talk to the doctor if these symptoms are present, as it could be PBA, and ask if it can be managed.

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