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Would you Swim in it for $32,000?

Growing frustration by the Chinese public over widespread water pollution and lack of governmental action led one Chinese businessman to dare an environmental official to swim in the polluted waterway. The prize; $32,000.

China’s booming economy has brought more water pollution and high-profile industrial accidents along major rivers that have disrupted water supplies to big cities in recent years. Hu Siyi, vice minister of water resources, said last year that 20 percent of China’s rivers were so polluted that their water quality was rated too toxic for human contact.

 
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Aquatic Invasive Species: Rock Snot - Rock snot, slimy yellow-brown algae is beginning to spread to other habitats around the World. Rock snot, of didymor, was once native to a few stretches of rivers on Canada’s Vancouver Island, has now reached the waters of New Zealand, Iceland, Alberta, and Atlantic Canada. This aquatic invasive species, according to expert Matthias Herborg does not appear to be an issue to human or wildlife health, but biologists are concerned that it could alter food webs in rivers.


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