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Default Rivers that serve 80% of the world's population are threatened by agricultural runoff, pollution and

Rivers that serve 80% of the world's population are threatened by agricultural runoff, pollution and invasive species
Balkan Business News Correspondent - 18.10.2010

Balkans.com Business News : Rivers that serve 80% of the world's population are threatened by agricultural runoff, pollution and invasive species
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Rivers that serve 80% of the world's population are threatened by agricultural runoff, pollution and invasive species, according to a new international study. 'Riverthreat' was funded in part by the EU's EVOLTREE ('Evolution of trees as drivers of terrestrial biodiversity') project, which received just over EUR 14 million under the 'Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems' Thematic area of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The findings were recently published in the journal Nature.

Researchers, led by the City College (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of Wisconsin, studied the effects of a variety of environmental stressors on water systems. They found that in addition to threatening human lives, pollutants also endanger the biodiversity of 65% of the world's river habitats and put thousands of aquatic wildlife species at risk. The team produced...
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