Ethics Of The Global Water Pollution Essay

1379 Words Nov 15th, 2016 6 Pages
The current year, 2016, has been an eventful year to say the least. One thing that is often overlooked when reviewing the top news stories of the year is the environmental challenges countries have had to face globally. During the summer of 2016, a world renowned event occurred in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, The Summer Olympics. There were many controversies over the location of this year’s Olympics, as Rio is home to many political, social, and environmental issues. One of the environmental issues that was brought to light was the contaminated waters in the city. Tests were conducted and the first results, almost a year before the Olympics were to begin, revealed that the water in the aquatic centers contained viral levels up to 1.7 million times what would be considered worrisome in the United States or Europe (Barchfield, 2016). This discovery shed light on the severity of the global water pollution, it’s dangerous affects, and efforts made to provide clean water and sanitation not only in Rio, but worldwide.
Despite clean-up promises that were made decades before the games, Rio’s waters still remained hazardous to athletes and tourists. Dr. Fernando Spilki, one of Brazil 's most respected virologists, commented on Rio’s clean-up efforts saying, “the levels of contamination fluctuate more as a result of climactic conditions than due to any measures that may have been taken to try to remove this contamination.” Rio’s aquatic centers, beaches, and lagoons were found to contain…

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