Vietnam's rice bowl threatened by rising seas

As published in www.guardian.co.uk on 21/08/2011

Climate change is turning rivers of Mekong Delta salty, spelling disaster for millions of poor farmers

Sitting amid buckets of rice in the market, Nguyen Thi Lim Lien issues a warning she desperately hopes the world will hear: climate change is turning the rivers of the Mekong Delta salty.

"The government tells us that there are three grams of salt per litre of fresh water in the rivers now," she says. "Gradually more and more people are affected. Those nearest the sea are the most affected now, but soon the whole province will be hit."

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