French researchers have revealed a threefold increase in the volume of litter at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea since the 1990s, prompting calls for EU countries to step up action on waste and quickly apply the EU directive on single-use plastics.
According to a study published this month by the French Research Institute on the Exploitation of Seas (Ifremer), the Mediterranean is now Europe’s “most polluted sea” in terms of the amount of litter, mostly plastic, covering its seabed.
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