Contaminated waters: pollutants in rivers and groundwater

Press/Media: Public Engagement ActivitiesOther



Period10 Apr 2018

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleContaminated waters: pollutants in rivers and groundwater
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletEuropean Geosciences Union Press Conferences 2018
    Media typeOther
    Duration/Length/Size13.00 - 14.00
    DescriptionOver 2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water around the world. Aside from impacting human health, water pollution can also kill plants and animals, disrupt the food chain, and affect human activities such as agriculture and industry. In this press conference we will hear the preliminary results of a study of 10,000 river (sub)basins to find out how much sewage systems have contributed to water pollution around the world. We will also find out where the hotspots for river pollution are and how many rivers around the world might be polluted by sewage by 2050. Another presentation will focus on the fate of pharmaceuticals in freshwaters, looking to answer questions
    such as: how are the world’s rivers affected by these human and veterinary contaminants? And how much will this environmental threat increase in the future? A final presentation will focus on the Amazon basin and on how natural contamination of groundwater with arsenic and other trace elements is becoming an emerging health concern in this region.
    PersonsMaryna Strokal


TitleEGU European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018
LocationAustria Center Vienna (ACV), Vienna, Austria
Period8 Apr 2018 → 13 Apr 2018