Unep urges protection for "clean" northern sea
The Barents sea on Europe's Arctic fringe urgently needs protection from overfishing and pollution through legislation and long-term planning, the UN environment programme (Unep) has said. Over-exploitation of fish stocks is the major current threat to this still relatively clean sea, the agency argues in a report. But increased oil and gas exploration is anticipated to increase pollution pressure six-fold by 2020. Large amounts of radioactive waste stored in the neighbouring Murmansk region of Russia pose a further long-term threat. See Unep press release and the report.
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