Crises involving water scarcity are becoming more frequent due to climate change. Marine species are the primary residents of aquatic ecosystems...but what else is in the water? @Guardian reports that waste from over-the-counter and prescription drugs is flooding river systems, posing harm to ecosystems across the globe. Some scientists attribute rapidly increasing drug concentrations in rivers to inadequate treatment systems in urban centers, others to improper disposal of pharmaceuticals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀For instance, certain endocrine disruptors found in drug waste have induced sex changes in amphibians and affect the metabolisms of fish, too. But the effects of drug waste is not limited to marine life. In fact, antibiotic waste is said to foster the evolution of bacteria that is drug-resistant. It’s critical for humans to be conscious of how we treat our aquatic resources. Many cities have disposal procedures, so check your local resources before tossing 💊 in the 🚽 - Years Of Living Dangerously

Crises involving water scarcity are becoming more frequent due to climate change. Marine species are the primary residents of aquatic ecosystems…but what else is in the water? @Guardian reports that waste from over-the-counter and prescription drugs is flooding river systems, posing harm to ecosystems across the globe. Some scientists attribute rapidly increasing drug concentrations in rivers to inadequate treatment systems in urban centers, others to improper disposal of pharmaceuticals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀For instance, certain endocrine disruptors found in drug waste have induced sex changes in amphibians and affect the metabolisms of fish, too. But the effects of drug waste is not limited to marine life. In fact, antibiotic waste is said to foster the evolution of bacteria that is drug-resistant. It’s critical for humans to be conscious of how we treat our aquatic resources. Many cities have disposal procedures, so check your local resources before tossing 💊 in the 🚽