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    World’s Freshwater Ecosystems Contaminated With Salt Pollution Despite Government Guidelines

    World’s Freshwater Ecosystems Contaminated With Salt Pollution Despite Government Guidelines

    Saltwater pollution of the world’s freshwater ecosystems caused by agriculture fertilizers, road de-icing salts, mining operations and climate change is on the rise, and the current water quality guidelines in North America and Europe aren’t stringent enough to prevent it. An international study conducted by scientists from Europe and North America found that freshwater lakes […]

    Pharmaceutical Drug Pollution in Rivers Poses ‘Global Threat to Human and Environmental Health,’ Study Finds

    Pharmaceutical Drug Pollution in Rivers Poses ‘Global Threat to Human and Environmental Health,’ Study Finds

    Pharmaceutical drugs have polluted the world’s rivers and pose “a global threat to environmental and human health,” according to a new study by the University of York. The most extensive global study to date found that among the most polluted rivers were those in Bolivia, Pakistan and Ethiopia, while rivers in the Amazon rainforest, Iceland […]

    Fish Feared Locally Extinct Spotted in Ohio

    Fish Feared Locally Extinct Spotted in Ohio

    What’s around five inches, olive yellow with dark blotches and apparently no longer extinct in the state of Ohio? The answer is the longhead darter, a small-to-medium size fish which was spotted in the state for the first time since 1939, as the Ohio Division of Wildlife announced on Facebook January 6. 

    Warmer Oceans May Lead to Smaller Fish, Study Finds

    Warmer Oceans May Lead to Smaller Fish, Study Finds

    As climate change causes the temperatures of the world’s oceans to increase, the fish calling those warmer oceans home could become smaller, scientists say. This is due to warmer oceans having less oxygen, and bigger fish requiring more of it. This could lead to issues for the fishing industry, and to food insecurity.

    96,000 Fish Die in Chlorine Leak at Norwegian Fish Farm

    96,000 Fish Die in Chlorine Leak at Norwegian Fish Farm

    Nearly 100,000 fish have died after one of the world’s largest salmon farming companies released 4,000 gallons of chlorine into a Norwegian fjord on Tuesday. Grieg Seafood, which is headquartered in Norway, said that the leak occurred in one of their fish slaughterhouses in the town of Alta in the Norwegian Arctic, as The Independent […]

    Record Levels of Harmful Particles Found in Great Lakes Fish

    Record Levels of Harmful Particles Found in Great Lakes Fish

    By Andrew Blok A record-setting fish was pulled from Hamilton Harbor at the western tip of Lake Ontario in 2015 and the world is learning about it just now. The fish, a brown bullhead, contained 915 particles—a mix of microplastics, synthetic materials containing flame retardants or plasticizers, dyed cellulose fibers, and more—in its body. It […]

    Red Tide Leaves Hundreds of Tons of Fish Dead in Florida’s Tampa Bay

    Red Tide Leaves Hundreds of Tons of Fish Dead in Florida’s Tampa Bay

    A deadly red tide has returned to Florida’s Tampa Bay, prompting protests over government inaction. The solid waste division of Pinellas County, where Tampa Bay is located, said they had picked up 600 tons of dead marine life since late June, as NPR reported. “The bay is really hurting right now,” Pinellas County resident Maya […]