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Climate change threatens Panama Canal

Friday, September 20, 2019


Container ships float idly on Lake Gatun, near the midpoint of the Panama Canal. All seems well. But a security guard from the Panama Canal Authority points down to a problem: the water lapping against the dam is 1.8 meters lower than it should be.

That water is Panama’s lifeblood. And as water levels sink, ships have had to shed cargo, The Economist reports.