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facts on water pollution40% of America’s rivers and 46% of America’s lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.

facts on water pollution1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm water, and industrial waste are discharged into US waters annually.

facts on water pollutionPolluted drinking waters are a problem for about half of the world’s population. Each year there are about 250 million cases of water-based diseases, resulting in roughly 5 to 10 million deaths.

facts on water pollutionIn 2010, there was a huge oil spill in America by BP. Of the 400 miles of Louisiana coast, approximately 125 miles have been polluted by the oil spill. Over 1,000 animals (birds, turtles, mammals) have been reported dead, including many already on the endangered species list. Of the animals affected by the spill that are still alive only about 6% have been reported cleaned, but many biologists and other scientists predict they will die too. In November 2012, BP agreed a settlement with the US government worth $4.5bn, including a $1.26bn criminal fine.

facts on water pollutionIn April 2010, The Transocean Oil Rig exploded, killing 11 workers. The disaster also damaged the Gulf of Mexico coast causing one of the biggest environmental disasters in US history. In January 2013, the company paid $400m (£248m) in criminal penalties and a $1bn civil fine after pleading guilty to violating the Clean Water Act.

facts on water pollutionIn developing countries, 70 percent of industrial wastes are dumped untreated into waters where they pollute the usable water supply.
Source: WWAP

facts on water pollutionHow the world uses freshwater:
• about 70 percent for irrigation
• about 22 percent for industry
• about 8 percent for domestic use
Source: World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)

facts on water pollution27% of the urban population in the developing world do not have piped water in their homes.
Source: UNESCO

facts on water pollutionA lack of safe water and sanitation in cities leads to cholera, malaria and diarrhoea.
Source: WHO

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SOURCES (Some of our research on this lesson included the following)
1. Natural Resources Defense Council, Water. www.nrdc.org/water/
2. Watercare, Au. Water Pollution Fact, Sheet 1 PDF
3. Rio's Olympic waters blighted by heavy pollution. By Julia Carneiro, BBC Brasil, Rio de Janeiro
4. UK Rivers Network, www.ukrivers.net/pollution.html
5. Accidental discharges of oil. www.oils.gpa.unep.org/facts/oilspills.htm
6. EPA, Collecting Used Oil for Recycling/Reuse. www.epa.gov/osw/wycd/downloads/recy-oil.pdf
7. Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk. The UN World Water Development Report 4 VOL1
8. Lesson 4, Water Pollution www.water.me.vccs.edu/courses/env227/lesson4_print.htm
9. BBC News, www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25686805
10. Accidental discharges of oil; www.oils.gpa.unep.org/facts/oilspills.htm



 


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