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UK---Fertiliser Pollution Lives on in the River Thames

Environment  (tags: pollution, environment, UK, agriculture, runoff, water, nature, habitatdestruction, habitat, destruction, conservation, humans, world )

- 2741 days ago -
The rapid rise in intensive agriculture since the Second World War together with the use of fertilisers has led to severe nitrate pollution in the River Thames, report scientists.


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Gary C (5)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 8:00 pm
Noted , Thankyou...

Cheryl B (64)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 8:17 pm

William K (308)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 9:04 pm
I wonder how much of a zone of hypoxia (dead zone) that the River Thames has?

pam w (139)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 9:35 am

Daniel Partlow (179)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 11:22 am
This is a common theme. Do we really need to use so much fertalizer?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 11:41 am
Thanks for posting from a Londoner.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 12:49 pm
Thanks for the article

catherine Buchanan (113)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 2:04 pm
the government should be looking at phosphorus, too. it's a severe oversight if this is not done.

. (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 2:39 pm
Nearly a year ago I remember reading a Care2 article on just how healthy the Thames was. This is really disheartening.

Danica Mirkovic (108)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 3:00 pm
Noted, thanks

Alison A (244)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 3:04 pm
That picture is a bit misguiding, believe me the water is NOT blue!

Noted with thanks Cal.

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 3:06 pm
What is so hard about getting farms to reduce their operating costs and fertiliser use by controlling runoff properly?!?! Best fertiliser comes out of the exhaust end of a cow or horse, we should minimise the use of synthetic nitrates and use more crop rotation!

Eternal Gardener (734)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 4:38 pm
The publication of Silent Spring didn't change anything... we're nothing more than mindless drones under the spell of BIG MULTINATIONALS, who protect themselves by claiming lawful personhood, and we swallow (literally) everything they serve us... WAKE UP 99% and try to locate your natural common sense, it must be there somewhere, buried beneath layers of plastic fed thneeds, grab it, dust it off and use it to understand how we are digging our own untimely graves!!!

David C (75)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 5:55 pm
food security is important, but if the water to drink isn't safe is it worth it.....humanity sure has a hard time learning from its past......

Dolores M (8)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 6:04 pm
Eternal are so very right. I see ignorance all around me, from people leaving their cars on to run a quick errand, grarbage cans full of recyclable cardboard, sidewalks being cleaned with water (ever heard of a broom?) and the list goes on. Apparently not only does ignorance rule, but laziness resides in many people, including that 99%. If we don't come to the realization that all of us need to do our part in protecting the earth, there won't be an earth left to protect.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 2:21 am

Brenda Towers (0)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 11:16 am
Noted. I hope the U.K. government take the appropriate action to protect it's citizens.

Gwynethrose F (12)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 11:58 am
Yuck...I have seen the Thames many times...please do something about this.

Michael L (1)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 12:03 pm
Noted, Thanks

Bonnie B (103)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 1:45 pm
Thanks, Cal. Very interesting, and it sounds like they may actually try to do something about it, which is kind of amazing! One think that came up for me is that it doesn't sound like these pollutants are taken out of the water supply so that means that they are in drinking water, I assume in all countries. Great.

Remember the big floods along the Mississippi early this year, I remember hearing how this was going to create huge dead zones along the river because of all fertilizers and pesticides being picked up off the farms and channeled into the River (not that there isn't already massive run off from factory farms.) This will add to an already huge dead zone at the mouth of the Mississippi, that was also added to by the Gulf oil spill. The Mississippi Delta has been a dead zone for years. I agree, Eternal Gardner and Dolores and we may go the way of the dinosaurs for our sloth and ignorance. We call ourselves the most intelligent species and yet, unlike those we consider lower beings, we foul our nest. There is no Planet B, where the hell do we think we are going to go?

Robert O (12)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 2:49 pm
Thanks Cal .

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Friday December 23, 2011, 4:45 pm
What'll it take for people to realise the extent of the damage caused by their actions?
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