GreenTracker| The world’s rivers are in a crisis of potentially epic proportions, according to a report, published Sept 30 in Nature. The analysis is the first to holistically examine pollution, dam building, agricultural runoff, the conversion of wetlands and introduction of foreign species into the world’s rivers.
The resulting portrait of the global riverine environment, according to the scientists who conducted the analysis, is grim. It reveals that nearly 80 percent of the world’s human population lives in areas where river waters are highly threatened posing a major threat to human water security and resulting in aquatic environments where thousands of species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction. via Science Daily