Essay: Athabasca river- Poisoning people and animal life is on rise
Poisoning people and animal life is on rise. The poisoning results from high toxic level witnessed do not only affect aquatic and wildlife, but they also extend the poisoning to the humans leaving downstream. In fact, the communities that live downstream who use this contaminated water are observed to exhibit unusual cancer cluster (Patrick and Globe, 2006). For instance, Patrick and Globe, (2006) reports that Fort Chipewyan region has reported high prevalence of cancer incidences that is projected to rise beyond unacceptable rate of 1 per 100,000.
This projection in rise is accrued to raising levels of mercury, and arsenic polycyclic aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). Moreover, downstream aboriginal populations are experiencing increased cardiovascular problems, rare cancers and respiratory diseases. Devastating impacts Poisoning is not only limited to the human life, but also extends to the atmosphere.