Brazil's Guanabara Bay, Site of 2016 Rio Olympics Sailing Events, Is Heavily Polluted

Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro is supposed to be the site of sailing events at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.  Cleaning up the bay was one of the promises in Rio’s Olympic bid. Yesterday, Getty published photographs showing that the bay is still heavily polluted with the games just over 18 months away. Pictures show garbage and dead fish floating in the water and washed up on shore. From the BBC:

Rubbish and sewage flow into the bay through its 55 rivers, once a watershed boasting rich biodiversity. Most of these rivers are now dead and bring sewage and piles of rubbish into the bay.

And here’s something from the National Post in November:

Unless Brazil makes headway in cleaning up its waters, experts warn the Summer Games could pose health risks to athletes and mar what officials hope will be a global showcase event. Instead of the soaring vistas of Sugarloaf Mountain, the world could instead see old couches in the bay and tons of dead fish floating atop a city lake.

That looks like a foregone conclusion at this point.

[Getty, BBC]

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