HAMBURG – In the Mediterranean Sea, floats a record amount of plastic around. The flow of tourists will this summer season, the situation deteriorate further, is a report of the world wildlife fund (WWF). It is high time to put an end to this deluge of plastic, says the WWF.
Especially microplastic is a rapidly growing problem. Although the Mediterranean Sea only 1% of the water on earth, contains, contains, according to the latest calculations less than 7 percent of the roaming microplastic worldwide. The concentration of poorly or non-biodegradable kunststofdeeltjes is almost four times as large as in the infamous floating garbage dump (’plasticsoep’) in the north of the Great Ocean. It comes to about 1.25 million fragments per square kilometre.
“We need a global solution for this waste problem. We also have the ocean a agreement of Paris is necessary, that the pollution of the oceans of the world stops”, says Heike Vester, on behalf of the German world wide fund for nature with this special issue deals.
The Mediterranean Sea, almost entirely surrounded by densely populated shores, threatening a massive tank to be made of plastic. Turkey and Spain are the biggest culprits, but also Italy, Egypt and France keep the sea volplempen. The waste on the beaches, washed ashore, is about 95 percent plastic. A failing waste management in the neighbouring countries and illegal dumping in the rivers are the main causes.
“Europe should have the structure of waste separation, processing and recycling to dramatically improve,” says Vesper. Tourists can adapt their behavior contribute a lot. Around the Mediterranean Sea live 150 million people. Every year there are 320 million people in. They are estimated to be responsible for a thickening of the plastic soup by 40 percent. Dozens of species of fish, seabirds, turtles and dolphins threaten to choke.
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