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Preventing water crises

Sad record of a sea that deserves better

Based on a study spanning more than 20 years, researchers of the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) believe that the Mediterranean Sea is the most polluted sea in Europe.

Scientists with the French institute conducted studies in the Gulf of Lion and along the eastern shores of Corsica between 1994 and 2017.

According to the study published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, in the 1990s there were around 100 pieces of waste floating in the water per square kilometre, but in the 2000s, the situation got worse: by 2012, the waste density was around 200, and reached 300 in 2015. Most of the waste in the sea consists of plastic bags and bottles, food packaging, cans, fishing nets and ropes.

The Mediterranean Sea is the most polluted sea in Europe. A similar study
in the North Sea has shown a waste density of less than 50 pieces of
waste per square kilometre,”

said Olivia Gerigny, a researcher with the institute.

The highest accumulation of waste was observed near Marseille and the northeast shores of Corsica.

A Mediterranean beach covered in plastic in northern Cyprus Photo: Shutterstock

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

Further information: EURACTIV

The Adriatic gets increasingly polluted

Wastewater and human waste discharged from ships are polluting the Adriatic Sea according to an article on the Croatian news portal Index.hr. At Koločep, just 7 kilometres off Dubrovnik, the environmental authority has banned bathing.

Beautiful island fallen victim to plastic

Henderson Island, a remote Pacific island that belongs to New Zealand, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – yet six tonnes of plastic waste was collected there in two weeks.

Blackened fish caught in the Mediterranean

Water pollution in the region is becoming increasingly severe. Tunisia is particularly in big trouble.

Waste is a good catch in Greece

Fishermen in Greece, who agree to collect the waste caught in their nets and deliver it for recycling, get 200 euro a month.

Will we ever be synchronised with our environment again?

In a natural environment inundated with artificial objects, the delicate balance of finely tuned interconnections and highly functional systems is upset. This new asynchrony, this disharmony is highlighted in the performance of two young synchronised swimmers intended as a warning of the dangers of plastic pollution.

Sewage is destroying coral

Wastewater is more damaging to coral than the warming of the seas, a new American study has shown.

Huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

According to a new study by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, up to 17,000 litres of oil may be spilt in the water of the Gulf of Mexico due to a leak on an oil platform that has started 15 years ago.

Devastating plastic – shocking video about plastic waste in the ocean

Every single piece of plastic that has ever been made is still with us on the planet, and humanity adds more than 300 million tonnes of freshly produced plastic to the total amount each year.

Plastic is a slow and painful death sentence for whales

Scientists have studied the cetaceans washed ashore over the last twenty years. The saddest case was that of a 5.3 metre young sperm whale found on the island of Mykonos: it had swallowed 135 pieces of plastic weighing 3.2 kg in total.

40 tonnes of plastic waste removed from the ocean

Environmentalists removed more than 40 tonnes of plastic waste from the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California, says a CNN news report.