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Europe's pesticide problem

from Science

The first large-scale risk assessment of organic chemicals in European rivers and lakes has revealed an extensive problem with pesticides. Nearly half of these water bodies had levels that could harm fish, invertebrates and algae. "We were surprised that it was so widespread," says environmental engineer Egina Malaj of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany. The concern is greatest for insects and algae, but the researchers say that in areas where the levels are highest, people should not drink untreated river water. more

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