World’s Rivers in Crisis: U.S. And Europe Face Highest Threat Levels

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“Rivers are the arteries of the planet, linking continents through coastal zones to the ocean. More than 120,000 species of plants and animals make up the world’s riverine ecosystems that provide the multi-trillion dollar services humanity relies upon – however up to 20,000 are at risk of extinction Vörösmarty says.

An international team examined data sets on 23 factors that impact rivers around the world and created state-of-the-art computer models to integrate all of the information to paint the first ever global picture of the health of river systems. More than 65 percent of the world’s rivers are in trouble and this finding is very “conservative” since there was not enough data to assess impacts of climate change, pharmaceutical compounds, mining wastes and massive inter-basin water transfers like the Colorado River in the western U.S.

Where rivers are least at risk are where human populations are smallest. Rivers in arctic regions and relatively inaccessible areas of the tropics appear to be in the best health, according to the findings.

In an unrelated study more than 80 percent of male bass fish exhibited female traits such as egg production because of a “toxic stew” of pollutants in the Potomac River that flows through Washington, DC scientists reported last week. Similar findings have been made in many U.S. rivers.”

Read more: AlterNet

2 Responses to “World’s Rivers in Crisis: U.S. And Europe Face Highest Threat Levels”

  • This is a lie being used to snatch up our water supplies.

    Just like the carbon tax scam we have all been informed about.

    Water is the new Oil and and they want to bottle it and make it a commodity of the wealthy, this is absolute

    BS created by Zionists of the NWO.

    If you don’t like what I’m telling you then look the subject up first then direct your anger as needed.

    The contents of UK and USA household water supplies already contain a deadly poison that 100 milligrams of

    can instantly stop your heart, further more this substance builds up in you bone structure with the extra

    additives it calcifies in your system.

    Who are you going to believe, me or the people who are poisoning you to death ?

    A single HAARP jolt and before you know it, you have millions dead of an unknown heart attack that you can

    blame on a solar flare.

  • Sara Beth Cowgill

    I know rivers in West Virginia are being buried as we speak– headwaters are being literally filled with recently pulverizes heavy metals and explosive residue along with used belts or other unwanted materials left over during the pit mining of what once was highest diversity of life temperate rain forests. It may be true that city water is poisoned; it sure tastes like it and that the few people with money wish we were all dead and may be moving forward in a scheme to that end or perhaps we are all working together in a twisted race for shortsighted desires with no regard to the human needs of others.

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