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Pollution in the Yangtze and Ganges Rivers

Pollution in these two rivers is a major environmental concern for the countries of India and China.

Stacey Bracknell

on 11 October 2012

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Transcript of Pollution in the Yangtze and Ganges Rivers

Ganges and Yangtze Rivers Outbreaks of diseases such as dysentery, typhoid, and hepatitis are common Cities along the Ganges have the highest
rates of water-borne diseases; still
cities pour millions of gallons of
sewage into the river. The Ganges Action Plan in 1985 tried
to clean up the river. However, the
growing population of India and
the run-off from industrial and farm
production cause clean up efforts
to fall short. Chemicals used in fertilizers
and industry are washed into
the river everyday. However, the river is one of the most polluted in the world. Often referred to as "Mother Ganges"
Provides water and transportation
for over 400 million people. Dead animals, human waste, and cremated bodies are also thrown into the river Provides water for drinking, irrigation, and industrial uses;
Very Polluted The Yangtze River in China passes through
over 185 towns and 400 million people Nitrogen from fertilizers and arsenic are found in the rivers. Millions of gallons of sewage are dumped
into the river, along with chemicals
from agriculture runoff and industrial
wastes. Chinese people eat the contaminated fish and get sick Many species of plants and animals are
disappearing due to the pollution. High
levels of nitrogen and phosphates
create a Blue-Green Algae. This Algae
reduces oxygen causing fish and plants
to die. The massive Three Gorges Dam is being built along the Yangtze River to provide hydroelectric power.
A number of plants and species are being threatened because of the new dam. China is building water treatment plants
and encouraging cities along the rivers to
build sanitary landfills.
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