The Swiss scientist Jacques Piccard has predicted that the Mediterranean will be a dead sea within twenty-five years unless action is taken quickly to stop pollution of its waters.
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Background: The Swiss scientist Jacques Piccard has predicted that the Mediterranean will be a dead sea within twenty-five years unless action is taken quickly to stop pollution of its waters.
One of the most seriously affected areas is around Italy, where factories continue to dump their waste materials into the sea despite governmental research and information about the pollution situation.
In a pollution survey this year by the National Centre of Research in Italy, the coast near Rome was discovered to be the worst hit area. Small industries and ports create large areas of dangerously polluted water. Bathing on several beaches around Rome is now considered unhealthy and a possible cause of viral hepatitis.
The Montecatini Chemical Works in Tuscany uses the sea as their dumping ground for chemical wastes. Almost every day a ship sails out, making a sweep past Corsica trailing a reddish-yellow liquid. The Sardinian and Corsican Tourist Board are finding their beaches and sea becoming increasingly polluted.
The first man-make pollution of the Mediterranean dates from the copper workings of Cyprus, the iron mines of Asia Minor, and the tin diggings of Phoenicia. Later, Rome's sewage was carried by way of the Tiber river to the sea. The canals and lagoons of Venice have been used for centuries as open sewers for human waste.
Today, with population and industrial activity multiplying in the Mediterranean basin, the problem of pollution of the sea is reaching a level that could kill all life in the sea, and endanger those who live near it.