The war of Albanians with Croats and Montenegrins at the Adriatic: They have a new way of destroying everything - GARBAGE
The coast of Dubrovnik has been facing an ecological disaster for years due to the enormous amount of trash and floating waste that mostly comes from Albania
A mine from the World War II, pieces of wood, branches, leaves, plastic bottles, are just a part of the vast amount of garbage that came to the Croatian coast in the last few days, especially in Dubrovnik. Many wondered, from where is all of that pollution coming from.
Dr. Hrvoje Mihanovic, a sea physics expert at the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, reminded that a similar phenomenon was observed in 2010 when large quantities of garbage from Albania trampled many beaches in southern Adriatic, and even some in middle and northern.
- That happened on the beaches which were turned to the south-east, it happened on Mljet, on Peljesac, even on a Dugo Ostrvo. And it mostly came from Albania - Mihanovic said for Index.
- That is due to two phenomena. First is that currents along our coast are from the southeast towards the northwest. This is so-called Cyclon flow of the east Adriatic current. It is going down along the Italian coast. Thanks to it, the pollution of the river Po is not affecting our coast, especially in the southern parts, but the pollution from Albania does. The other great factor is great precipitation which caused floods of Albanian rivers, that took the waste from the illegal dump sites. Rivers like Bojana at the border of Albania and Montenegro brought that garbage to the Adriatic sea, and then the strong currents have spread it to our coasts - said the expert from Split for the effects of the atmosphere and the sea and the dynamic of the coastal area.
Due to the enormous amount of waste arriving from Albania and the ecological disaster threatening the Adriatic, Croatian MP Dubravka Suica has asked the European Commission and the European Environment Agency for an urgent reaction, N1 writes.
For many years now, the coastline of the city of Dubrovnik has been facing an ecological disaster caused by the enormous amount of waste and floating garbage that originates mainly from Albania, and during strong southern winds and heavy rains it is brought to the Dubrovnik port, but also to the Croatian islands of Korcula, Mljet, Sipan, Kolocep, Lastovo, Vis, Solta, Peljesac Peninsula and the southern part of the Croatian Adriatic. The bulk of this waste is made up of plastic, which is fragmented over time and remains in the sea for hundreds of years as microplastic.
Although Albania signed the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean, the amount of Albanian waste does not decrease and is increasingly damaging the Croatian coast, its inhabitants, and the sea flora and fauna.
One of Budva's most famous beaches - Brijeg of Budva, better known as Richard's head, has been turned into a landfill.
The sea in the past days, due to severe storms, threw a huge amount of garbage on the shore, so some of the most famous beaches looked more like landfills than vacation spots.
There is a medical waste from Albania on the shore of this beach.
The sea threw a massive amount of waste to the beach in Becici.
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