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Here are some tips to reduce your impacts on the Blue Planet.
- International Council for the Exploration of the Seas Report 2003-Environmental Status of European Seas
- GESAMP (Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection)
- UNEP/GPA 2006 –The State of the Marine Environment – Trends and processes
- Shipping Facts – Overview of the International Shipping Industry
See how things can change thanks to global action !
- In the Northeast Atlantic, concentrations of DDT, lindane and PCBs have decreased in most stocks, including fish and mussels. Aggregated results of time-trends in concentrations of heavy metals per sea area over the past 15 years show falling levels for cadmium, mercury and lead in blue mussels and fish.
- Since the mid-1980’s there has been a significant reduction (about 50% in the North Sea) in the total input of phosphorus from rivers to most European seas through improved sewage treatment, reduced industrial discharges, and a change to phosphate-free detergent. But unfortunately, nitrogen input was not reduced to the same extent as phosphorus input, creating unbalanced conditions triggering massive algal blooms.
- Reduction and banning lead in automobile fuel has caused levels of the toxic metal in ocean waters to fall, especially in the North Atlantic.
- Globally, the most reliable estimates of the incidence of oils in the environment are based on comparisons of data for 1983 and 2003. The latter is expressed as a percentage of the earlier values. Total oil inputs decreased to 37 per cent of 1985 levels, oil inputs from atmospheric deposition to 17 per cent; from land-based sources to 12 per cent; from tanker accidents to 25 per cent and from tanker operations to five per cent.
- In North America, spills from vessels between 1990 and 1999 decreased by two thirds compared to the previous decade; releases from oil and gas exploration and production have also decreased dramatically in this period.
- Shipping is the safest and most environmentally benign form of commercial transport. There has been a substantial reduction in marine pollution over the last 15 years, especially with regard to the amount of oil spilled into the sea, despite a massive increase in world sea borne trade: 85 thousand tons of oil were spilled in 1985 and 17 thousand tonnes were spilled in 2005.