Article courtesy of Tara Martin, Jonathan Rhodes, Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle | May 8th, 2016 | The Conversation | Shared as educational material.
Freshwater is extremely important as a source of water for humans in more ways than one. Currently, more than 40% of the world’s workforce is dependent of freshwater meaning that freshwater is an important pillar in the world economy. Due to a series of unfortunate events, freshwater is at high risk of deteriorating due to human activities. Industrial effluents, unsustainable water extraction, uncontrolled irrigation, and poor decision-making are just some of the factors that have made freshwater sources into what they are now. The degree of human intervention has brought much harm to freshwater ecosystems, as the number of freshwater organisms has decreased by nearly three-quarters over the last forty years. Read more about it here.