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Mediterranean: how the Big Blue has regained its colors


THE VICTORIES OF ECOLOGY (5/6) - In 1975, Commander Cousteau predicted, within a few decades, the death of the Mediterranean, threatened by marine and land pollution. But 40 years later, the sea that separates Europe and Africa is alive again.

From our special correspondent Bénédicte Lutaud

In 1975, at the rostrum of the United Nations, Commander Cousteau launched this cry of alarm: the Mediterranean is dying!

“If current trends continue, only disease-carrying bacteria will be able to survive.

The scale of the disaster that threatens us in a few decades is difficult to imagine,”

says the famous ocean explorer.

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Five years later, the shocking documentary by marine biologist Nardo Vicente,

Pollutions and nuisances on the Mediterranean coast,

reveals the catastrophic images of the seabed of Cape Sicié, off the coast of Toulon.

Buried under tons of silt from nearby port sites, Posidonia seagrass beds are blackish, rotten - like the lungs of a sick smoker.

Because that is what this underwater plant represents: the lungs of the Mediterranean.

Each square meter of the meadow produces 10 liters of oxygen every day - that's twice as much as a square meter of equatorial forest.


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Source: lefigaro

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