One of the most alarming things Greenpeace reports is that out of the Philippines’ 421 rivers, as many as 50 are considered dead and unable to support any but the most robust life.
How many rivers are pollution in Philippines?
A study conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources showed that 180 of 421 rivers and other bodies of water nationwide are so heavily polluted they may soon be declared biologically dead.
How many river system and lakes are biologically dead?
Of the 421 rivers, 50 are heavily polluted and 16 biologically dead, including all those in Metro Manila, a reality that threatens the water quality of Laguna de Bay.
How dirty is Pasig River?
“The world’s most polluting river when it comes to plastic is the 27-kilometer Pasig River which runs through Metro Manila, accounting for 63,000 tons of plastic entering oceans from rivers per year,” a statement from the Climate Change Commission (CCC) read.
Why is Manila Bay polluted?
Overexploitation of resources, illegal and destructive fishing, habitat destruction, pollution, siltation and sedimentation, uncontrolled development and the conflicting use of limited available resources cause pressures on the bay. …
How many rivers are biologically dead?
According to the DENR, as many as 50 of the 421 rivers in the country are already considered “biologically dead.” Biologically dead rivers no longer contain any oxygen and cannot support any but the hardiest kinds of species.
What does it mean for a river to be biologically dead?
Embed from Getty Images. Similar to the Ganges and Citarum river, the Pasig also absorbs enormous amounts of industrial runoff. The Pasig is so heavily polluted that it has been declared “biologically dead,” meaning no life is able to survive in its waters — no fish, no plants, no nothing.
Why is the Marilao river so polluted?
A major hub for aquaculture, the Marilao, Meycauayan and Obando River System is also badly contaminated by untreated wastewater from used car battery recycling, precious metal refining shops, tanneries and more. Water samples reveal worrying levels of cadmium, copper and lead.