When you think of pollution in rivers, it’s likely visions of plastic bottles and packaging will spring to mind.
But a new study has warned that almost half of the world’s rivers are also teeming with prescription drugs.
Researchers from the University of York found unsafe levels of drugs including antidepressants, antihistamines, and painkillers in 43.5 per cent of 1,052 sites tested across 104 countries.
‘Our findings show that a very high proportion of rivers around the world are at threat from pharmaceutical pollution,’ said Alejandra Bouzas-Monroy, a co-author of the study.
‘We should therefore be doing much more to reduce the emissions of these substances into the environment.’
A new study has warned that almost half of the world’s rivers are teeming with over-the-counter and…
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