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Preventing water crises

Polluted waters may burst out in poisonous flames

An unexpected problem associated with the pollution of lakes came into focus last January, when a highly polluted lake in India caught fire because of the massive quantities of waste in it – and according to locals, it was not first time, either.

The phrase itself seems surreal: burning lake. Yet in the case of waters polluted with a great many chemicals, debris and other waste, particularly if aquatic plants proliferate through the waste, such a disaster is quite possible.

Bellandur Lake in India is so full of waste it often throws up froth that is thick enough to block lakeside roads. According to one local, until the 1970s, the lake supplied clean water to local farmers, but after nearby companies started dumping chemical waste in it, it soon became completely poisonous, and the situation has not been resolved ever since.

Video: YouTube/Confused Channel

In January 2018, a massive fire on the lake, which was putting the surrounding residential areas at risk, was put out in 24 hours of concentrated effort by 5000 fire-fighters and soldiers.

Video: YouTube/National Geographic

Polluted bodies of freshwater don’t only cause massive problems for the drinking water supply and ecosystems, they may also put their surroundings directly at risk when such disasters occur. According to some experts, unless the situation improves, the city of Bangalore near the lake could become uninhabitable in as little as six years. Preventing pollution is the only sure way of avoiding disasters of this sort.

Further information: The Guardian

Plastic is a slow and painful death sentence for whales

Scientists have studied the cetaceans washed ashore over the last twenty years. The saddest case was that of a 5.3 metre young sperm whale found on the island of Mykonos: it had swallowed 135 pieces of plastic weighing 3.2 kg in total.

40 tonnes of plastic waste removed from the ocean

Environmentalists removed more than 40 tonnes of plastic waste from the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California, says a CNN news report.

Oceanic plastic waste is encrusting rocks along the shoreline

The patches of plastic that look like used chewing gum are not only indications of the amount of waste accumulating in the oceans, they also represent a risk for the organisms that live and feed on the rocks.

Billions of people live without clean drinking water and toilets

More than two billion people worldwide have no access to safely managed clean drinking water, while more than four billion people do not have adequate sanitation services, according to a report announced in Geneva by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

World record in underwater waste collection

On the 15th of June, 633 divers put on their diving suits and oxygen tanks and dove underwater by the shore of Deerfield Beach in Florida – to pick up litter.

Plastic in the Mediterranean Sea

Although the Mediterranean Sea represents less than 1% of the global ocean area, it contains 7% of the total quantity of microplastics. More than half a million tonnes of plastic are discarded into the sea every year, equivalent to 33,800 half-litre PET bottles thrown away every minute – a report published by the WWF on June 8, World Oceans Day, revealed.

Kisköre flooded with waste

In addition to climate change and global warming, the continuous production of inconceivable amounts of waste is also endangering our environment, and most of that waste consists of single-use plastics.

Giant dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico

Dead zone areas in the region are not new phenomena, but in 2019, the area affected by hypoxia, a condition of low oxygen that can no longer support any form of life has grown much larger than expected, and the cause is likely to be human activities.

Chinese artist exhibits provocative piece consisting of bottled groundwater

The severe pollution of waters is an increasingly alarming problem, with many places around the world having no access to clean drinking water, which may have tragic consequences. In 2018, the Chinese artist Brother Nut put on a special exhibition to bring attention to the damage caused by water pollution.

More and more dead zones in the world’s oceans

There are areas in the oceans that have no oxygen and are completely unsuitable for the formation and the sustaining of any kind of life – they are the so-called dead zones. A new study has shown that their number is much greater than previously thought.

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