Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drugs are Polluting the World's Rivers, Experts Say
The world's rivers and fresh water systems are full of pollution from prescription and over-the-counter drugs and it is taking a toll on the environment and wildlife, experts say.
Scientists meeting Tuesday in Vienna say if no action is taken, the problem will increase by 65% by 2050.
The drugs include painkillers, hormones, anti-depressants and antihistamines.
Much of it ends up in the waters through human and animal waste because only small amounts are filtered out in treatment plants or absorbed into the ecosystem.
The drugs have caused sex charges in fish and amphibians and one type of anti-inflammatory drug has driven vultures in India close to extinction.
UN experts have also said medicines in the environment are helping create drug-resistant bacteria.
Trump Lifts Travel Ban on Chad
President Donald Trump has lifted the travel ban on Chad, one of eight mostly Muslim majority nations whose citizens are generally barred from traveling to the U.S.
The White House cited what it calls improvements in Chad's "identity management and information sharing protocols and procedures," meaning the country again meets basic U.S. security standards.
Chad was named in the president's most recent travel ban, along with Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
But its inclusion on the travel ban list puzzled many analysts, who pointed out that its government has been a key U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism.