Coastal pollution, mainly arising from the use of agrochemicals and poor waste management, is causing extensive habitat degradation through eutrophication and harmful algal blooms, leading to the spread of dead zones and contributing to the destruction of coastal marine ecosystems.
Water poisoned by poorly treated sewage, animal waste and excess fertilizer is a public health threat. All contain the harmful "nutrients" phosphorus and nitrogen, which spur noxious algae outbreaks.
The European Commission is referring Greece to the European Court of Justice for its failure to protect Lake Koroneia, an internationally important wetland in the region of Thessaloniki. The lake has been seriously affected by pollution and illegal water extraction, with serious consequences for local fauna and flora.
An amazing National Geographic photo story of algae blooms in China.
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Chinese and Australian scientists are working together to reduce pollution in China's largest freshwater lake, the Poyang Lake in east China's Jiangxi Province.
Just under a year ago, NASA released a map of marine dead zones. It helped us visualize the extent to which low-oxygen areas are harming ocean ecosystems. Now, there's an even better tool -- an interactive map from World Resources Institute.
When asked to list the five main environmental issues that Europeans are worried about, average results for the EU25 showed that nearly half (47%) of respondents quoted "water pollution". This figure reached an astonishing 71% in certain individual countries.
Australia-Recent floods may lead to algal blooms, with potential consequences to the Great Barrier Reef.
Zeller, a professional wildlife photographer, and his wife, Ann, have a daily routine of looking across O.C. Fisher Reservoir in search of "rare beauties." On Tuesday the couple spotted the elusive northern harrier, and they speculated one explanation for the bird's appearance was another distressing scene at the lake — dead fish strewn across the coastline.
The world's oceans have been experiencing enormous blooms of jellyfish, apparently caused by overfishing, declining water quality, and rising sea temperatures. Now, scientists are trying to determine if these outbreaks could represent a "new normal" in which jellyfish increasingly supplant fish
University Park, Pa. -- The problem plaguing the Chesapeake Bay is widely known and obvious, according to a crops and soils expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. But after decades of trying to save the famous estuary by spending billions of dollars on pollution-control measures, we have made a lot of progress but we still have a long way to go to solve the problem.
TENS of thousands of fish have been discovered dead and dying at Jervis Bay, apparently victims of The Big Wet.
TOXIC chemicals are ravaging Moreton Bay as debris washes up on the northern shoreline in the fallout from Brisbane’s devastating floods.
“Sewerage water pollution is becoming a major problem in Zambia” Earth Zambia | UKZAMBIANS MAGAZINE, WEBSITE, VIDEOS, TV
EARTH ZAMBIA Executive Director Lovemore Muma has said that sewerage water pollution is becoming a major problem in Zambia and is perpetuated mostly by water utility companies.
Taming the water dragons: Opportunities and challenges in the Chinese water sector, by Brent Giles | News | eco-business.com
United States, January 15 - China’s growth-at-all-costs strategy over the last thirty years has resulted in an economic miracle that has pulled hundreds of millions out of poverty and lifted the once-backward nation into global economic preeminence. But the success has not been without casualties.
Even without the lawsuit filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the EPA's pollution reduction plan faces an uphill battle.
Chinese government adds two new pollution indicators to its list of reduction targets in bid to curb emissions
Should Vermont impose taxes on those who pollute Lake Champlain? The idea, once unthinkable, was squarely on the table this week as a government-appointed citizens committee — impatient over continuing algae blooms and rampant weed growth — struggled to agree on priority actions to recommend to the 2011 legislature.
As warming intensifies, scientists warn, the oxygen content of oceans across the planet could be more and more diminished, with serious consequences for the future of fish and other sea life