The world’s busiest sea is in danger of becoming irrevocably polluted. Over-development, over-fishing, and the relentless dumping of sewage and industrial waste has left much of the Mediterranean coast poisoned and disease ridden. Native aquatic animals – such as the Monk seal and several species of turtle – once found in great numbers feeding and breeding on pristine islands and sandy inlets, are now in danger of extinction.Tourism too, adds another threat with over 100 million tourists visiting the Mediterranean every year, leaving behind them one million tonnes of rubbish. ‘Mucking Up the Med’ investigates several environmental hotspots on this encircled sea to assess the scale and nature of coastal degradation.
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