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Restoring life to the Aral Sea's dead zone

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The loss of the Aral Sea in central Asia is an ecological disaster. Toxic chemicals in the exposed sea bed have caused widespread health problems. Can an ambitious project to plant millions of trees save the Karakalpak people of Uzbekistan? Seventy-eight-year-old Almas Tolvashev shuffles through the sand towards the rusting hulk of a fishing boat. The lighthouse that keeps watch over a crumbling flotilla of 10 or so ships is a stark reminder that Moynaq was once a thriving fishing port on the Aral Sea."The history of the Karakalpak people starts with the sea," says the former fisherman. "Fishing was the first thing fathers taught their sons".Moynaq lies at the heart of Karakalpakstan, a semi-autonomous republic within Uzbekistan....