35% of the nation's glaciers have disappeared in the last 30 years in Tajikistan - 4 Oct 2011  
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Addressing the United Nations on September 27, 2011, Tajik Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi stated that although more than half of the water supplying Central Asia originates in Tajikistan, 35% of the nation's glaciers have disappeared in just the last 30 years.


On September 28, 2011 a Brazilian court ordered a halt to the construction of the US$11 billion Belo Monte Dam, saying that it would cause irreparable harm to the environment while displacing thousands of indigenous people.