Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Description of Activity
The presentation discussed 'What do we mean by “clean “water?' Access to potable water is considered by the World Health Organisation as a basic human right and taken for granted in developed countries, although an estimated 2 billion people worldwide still don’t have safe drinking water. Increasingly, however, when we think of “clean” water we mean water that is free from pollutants resulting from human activities. Pollutants may include untreated sewage, pesticides and fertilisers from agricultural practices, disinfectants, detergents and various forms of industrial waste, and plastics, with micro-plastics causing increasing concerns. As the human population continues to grow, water pollution is a major global problem that affects our own health and that of our aquatic ecosystems. This symposium will address the threats posed by human activity on water ecosystems and current progress on ways of dealing with this.