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Monday, October 13, 2014

13/10/2014: Birth control pills threaten freshwater fish populations

The lead researcher of a new study is calling for improvements to some of Canada's waste water treatment facilities after finding that introducing the birth control pill in waterways created a chain reaction in a lake ecosystem that nearly wiped out a freshwater fish, reports CBC News.

The study, which is being published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B on Monday, found that introducing small amounts of estrogen into a lake led to the near extinction of the fathead minnow because it interfered with the fish's ability to reproduce.

'It's a problem that we can certainly resolve with better wastewater treatment.'- Karen Kidd, University of New Brunswick


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