Life Returns to the River!
In 1957, the Thames river which runs through London was declared "biologically dead." Pollutants in the river caused by the industrial revolution and leakage from sewers drove away any life within the iconic river system. New research on the river though brings some hope to the revival of its ecosystem.
In the 2021 State of the Thames Report, it was announced that levels of oxygen and phosphorus concentrations had increased to a promising level and that birds and marine mammals had begun to appear more frequently within the river system. This development has shown that the ecosystem can be repaired and restored to become a more hospitable place for animals and humans alike. Read more and see the full report here!