Freshwater Pollution

Lobster's Pepsi 'Tattoo' Highlights Major Ocean Problem loading...
Lobster's Pepsi 'Tattoo' Highlights Major Ocean Problem
The image is just one example of how ocean trash impacts marine wildlife.
These Energy-Saving Bulbs Are Making One Pollutant Much Worse loading...
These Energy-Saving Bulbs Are Making One Pollutant Much Worse
Though energy-efficient, bright rays from LEDs are contributing to a host of human and animal problems.
Birds Once Turned Black From Pollution—What That Teaches Us Today loading...
Birds Once Turned Black From Pollution—What That Teaches Us Today
Birds that flew over the U.S. Rust Belt during the 20th century have become a record for changing air quality.
This Heartbreaking Photo Reveals A Troubling Reality loading...
This Heartbreaking Photo Reveals A Troubling Reality
Photographer Justin Hofman's image of a seahorse swimming with a discarded cotton swab illustrates the issues of pollution in our oceans.
Does Air Pollution Reduce Cycling’s Health Benefits? loading...
Does Air Pollution Reduce Cycling’s Health Benefits?
Columbia University scientists use innovative tools to investigate how vehicle exhaust impacts cyclists.
Eating A Burger Or Driving a Car: Which Harms The Planet More? loading...
Eating A Burger Or Driving a Car: Which Harms The Planet More?
Up to 93 million cows and counting—find out how our reliance on industrial feedlots is affecting the environment.
A Whopping 91% of Plastic Isn't Recycled loading...
A Whopping 91% of Plastic Isn't Recycled
Billions of kilograms of plastic have been made over the past decades, and much of it is becoming trash and litter, finds the first analysis of the issue.
Woolies Chucks Out Plastic Bags loading...
Woolies Chucks Out Plastic Bags
Well done Woolworths for abolishing 3.2 billion plastic bags yearly.
Transgender fish found in British Rivers loading...
Transgender fish found in British Rivers
From flushing harsh chemicals down the toilet.
Three Quirky Projects Make Art Out Of China's Polluted Air loading...
Three Quirky Projects Make Art Out Of China's Polluted Air
Filthy air has inspired Chinese citizens to speak out—and in some cases, to create art.
About Freshwater Pollution

As technology improves, scientists are able to detect more pollutants, and at smaller concentrations, in Earth’s freshwater bodies. Containing traces of contaminants ranging from birth control pills and sunscreen to pesticides and petroleum, our planet's lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater are often a chemical cocktail.

Beyond synthetic pollution, freshwater is also the end point for biological waste, in the form of human sewage, animal excrement, and rainwater runoff flavoured by nutrient-rich fertilisers from yards and farms. These nutrients find their way through river systems into seas, sometimes creating coastal ocean zones void of oxygen—and therefore aquatic life—and making the connection between land and sea painfully obvious. When you dump paint down the drain, it often ends up in the ocean, via freshwater systems.

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