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Rivers & Oceans

Oceans

Oceans

2/3 of our earth is covered with water. 97% of it is covered by our oceans and 3% are freshwaters of which only 0.7% is actually drinkable. According to the IPCC climate report, global warming could cause the Arctic to be ice-free by 2050 and sea levels to rise to such an extent that large parts of the mainland would be flooded.

This in turn means that many people would live in parts of the world where there are difficult chances of survival, such as great heat and drought. Furthermore, the salt water would also reach the underground freshwater reserves and thus make a large part of the drinking water undrinkable and would additionally salinate our agriculturally used arable land.

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Rivers and waters

Our rivers and lakes are also affected by pollution from plastics, particulate matter and toxins. According to the water report of the German Association for the Environment and Nature Conservation 92% of the waters are in poor condition.

The straightening of rivers for ships leads to a decline in fish diversity, as their habitat is thereby destroyed.

The fertilizers used to cultivate our agricultural land favour the increased growth of blue-green algae, which are toxic to plants, animals and humans.

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Rivers and waters

Water as the basis of life

Water as the basis of life

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