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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.

Plastic waste takes hundreds of years to decompose, and in the meantime it causes massive damage to nature and wildlife.

Waste and environmental pollution caused by littering is an increasingly severe problem in Hungary, too. At the Kisköre dam, a massive quantity of waste has been caught this year, mostly composed of PET bottles, plastic bags and other plastic waste, risking the survival of the wildlife along the banks of the Tisza, and resulting in heart-breaking sights for people visiting the area.

According to experts, the layer of waste floating in front of the hydroelectric plant could be as thick as two metres, while the patch is about as large as three football fields.

The layer of waste floating in front of the hydroelectric plant could be as thick as two metres, while the patch is about as large as three football fields Photo: Dimitry Ljasuk/turistamagazin.hu

Dimitry Ljasuk usually makes nature documentaries about the natural beauty of the Tisza Lake and its surroundings, but this time he has captured the many tonnes of waste mixed in with floating timber and animal carcasses.

“I collect waste regularly, and I organise waste collection, but sadly, we could keep collecting it indefinitely and there would always be more. As long as we, humans, keep buying products that are already considered waste at the moment of production, this will not change. That is why in my video I ask people to think, to make purchases with more awareness and responsibility, and, of course, never to throw away litter, because this is the result of that,”

the video artist told turistamagazin.hu. In March, he organised 60 volunteers and together they removed 1.5 tonnes of waste from the banks of the Tisza River.

“Huge garbage patch on the River Tisza – You have done this, human!" (Kisköre Hyrdoelectric Plant, Lake Tisza, Hungary, 2 June 2019) Video: YouTube/Dimitry Ljasuk (To turn on English subtitles when viewing the video, click on the Subtitles button in the player's bottom toolbar.)

Hungarian water treatment plant in Vietnam

It was announced in 2010 that the Vietnamese government would like to build a water treatment plant in Central Vietnam. Hungary is famous for its water treatment technology so they decided on a Hungarian partner.

The Biopolus BioMakery in the Netherlands

The Trappist monks of Koningshoeven Abbey have been brewing beer since 1881, and in recent years, they have also been baking bread and making chocolate, honey and cheese. The water to be treated is the wastewater from these brewing and manufacturing activities, together with the municipal wastewater from the Abbey and the visiting centre.

Over two tonnes of golf balls collected from Monterey Bay

Specialists believe almost 30 kilograms of microplastics has eroded from such a quantity of golf balls into the water.

Algal blooms grow more severe in the great lakes of the world

Over the last three decades, summer algal blooms in all large fresh-water lakes around the world have grown more severe – this is the conclusion of a global study, the longest ever of its kind, conducted by researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science and NASA. 

The Pacific cleanup may succeed

The system created by a Dutch inventor called System 101, whose first trial run, conducted a year ago, had failed, has started collecting plastic waste on the Pacific again.

Hungarian innovation to filter pharmaceutical residues

Many studies worldwide have shown that the active compounds of medications are released into the environment with wastewater and can easily be reintroduced into the human food chain from there. Filtering these residues out is an increasingly acute concern, but, thankfully, the world of science has already responded to the problem.

Garbage from Asia has inundated an island in the middle of the Atlantic

Researchers from Canada and Africa have found a massive amount of plastic bottles, originating form Asia, mainly from China, on Inaccessible Island, located in the South Atlantic Ocean. The bottles were probably discarded into the water and then washed up on the island from cargo ships passing the region.

Pharmaceutical residues in Hungarian waters

In Hungary, too, the active ingredients of various medications are discharged continuously into the environment with wastewater, so they can now be detected in surface and underground waters as well as in soils.

What can we do against pharmaceutical residues in our waters?

After being introduced into human and animal organisms, some pharmaceutical compounds are secreted via urine unchanged, and then, through wastewater, those compounds may reach surface waters that serve as drinking water supplies, representing a risk for both aquatic ecosystems and for the purity of drinking water.

Microplastics from an unexpected source

We’ve known for a long time that plastic food packaging, wearing car tyres and clothing made of synthetic fibres are all sources of microplastic pollution. However, a new study has identified a new source of pollution in our kitchens, or more precisely in our teacups.

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