Artificial light is proving to be an ever-growing threat to biodiversity. It's harmful to pollinating insects, bats and a host of other creatures, including zooplankton, a crucial part of the aquatic food chain.
Cholesterolemia fluviatilis: plastic is like the cholesterol in the blood system of our continents, the river systems. It is increasingly accumulating in sediments and floodplains. In Alexander Sukhodolov's research group, Humboldt Fellow Martin Blettler is investigating macroplastic residues on the Tagliamento River in Italy.
The video shows the River Spree from the source in Saxony to the mouth in River Havel. It gives an introduction to anthropogenic impacts (lignite mining and urban influences) on River Spree and field work methods (water and sediment sampling) frequently used by our Department of Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry.