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Concerns over increase in toxic brine from desalination plants

Concerns over increase in toxic brine from desalination plants

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Desalination plants around the world are pumping out far more salt laden brine than previously believed, according to a new study.The salty effluent is a by-product of efforts to extract fresh water from the sea. Researchers found that plants are now producing 50% more of this chemical laden cocktail than expected. The brine raises the level of salinity and poses a major risk to ocean life and marine ecosystems.More than half the brine comes from four middle eastern countries. These are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar, with Saudi Arabia alone responsible for 22% of the effluent. The effects of drought and severe weather in Mozambique Desalination plant preparing to work There's been a major expansion of d...