Could icebergs be towed to solve water shortages?

Melting mountains of ice is trickier than you might think, even in the desert.

28th December 2017
Could icebergs be towed to solve water shortages?

Asked by: R Stather, Bromsgrove

First mooted almost 60 years ago, this ‘crazy’ idea may finally be tried next year. A company in Abu Dhabi has unveiled plans to tow two icebergs from Antarctica to the Emirates. Ironically, the biggest challenge lies in the reluctance of ice to melt. Turning a big berg into fresh water at a reasonable rate requires the power output of a large power station.

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