Abandoned boat in Iraq.Photos: Stephen Foote. Photos courtesy of PBS Nature's "Braving Iraq." A new green zone is sprouting in Iraq, but it's not the kind you think. It's a grassroots one pushed by a new culture of conservationists whose currency is reeds. The recent environmental history of Iraq is a tale of two men. Saddam Hussein had a horrific impact on the ecology of the country, principally by ordering the draining of the Mesopotamian Marshes in the 1990s in order to collectively punish communities where resistance to his regime persisted. The incredible cultural and biological loss of the marshes …
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