Interview

Radio Marinara: How Pharmaceuticals In Waterways Are Affecting Wildlife

Professor Bob Wong talks to Bron Burton and Dr. Beach about how medication used to help humans and our pets is affecting wildlife in and around waterways, with up to 70 different pharmaceuticals found in urban streams and rivers around Melbourne, according to recent Victorian research. The same research found that platypuses, who eat the spiders and insects that eat the tiny marine invertebrates from those waterways, can end up consuming up to 50 per cent of a daily human dose of antidepressants. 

Photo: Monash University

Professor Bob Wong
Listen to Radio Marinara: How Pharmaceuticals In Waterways Are Affecting Wildlife12:2714 February 2021