A Poisoned Planet – When Rivers Die, We Die – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine + videos

A Poisoned Planet – When Rivers Die, We Die 

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Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The rivers of the world are dying. They are poisoned by the most selfish of all the species, the handiwork of humankind itself. Each day tons of waste is dumped in rivers. As the waterways groan and belch under the weight of garbage and chemicals official action takes the form of lip service. Communities suffer and the planet gets closer to the day when the wheels will grind to a halt.

In June 2015 the waters of La Pasion River in Guatemala were covered with dead and poisoned fish. It was found that the river was contaminated by malathion, an agricultural insecticide that is said to be 100 times more poisonous than sewage. The community that is affected is Sayaxche where oil plantations occupy large tracts of land. 

The local community has been adversely affected as a result. In what has been described as an ecological disaster many fishermen are embroiled in conflict and the La Pasion River has lost its crabs and xixi or blue fish. The cause for the pollution has been placed on REPSA an African oil plant that is located upriver.

Read more: A Poisoned Planet – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine


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What’s killing the fish in Guatemala’s La Pasion River – video

Published on Sep 24, 2015 – Thousands of dead fish have mysteriously washed up along the banks of a major river in Guatemala. The series of incidents has disrupted the lives of those who depend on the river for their livelihood and there is fear of environmental damage to the forest.In fact the United Nations has called the massive fish kill at the La Pasion River an ecological disaster. But what is killing the fish and who is responsible?
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  • Mike Persaud  On 06/01/2016 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks Cyril for putting up the videos. They bring home in dramatic ways the damage that is being done to our rivers.

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