Thanks to a combination of unfortunate geography and poor trash management in countries that border it, the Black Sea is Europe’s most polluted in terms of floating macro litter, OZY reports. It’s strewn with nearly two times more garbage than the Mediterranean, despite being less than one-fifth its size. And while it’s not as tainted with industrial pollutants as it once was, there’s still plenty of cleanup work to be done.
What’s the solution? Experts say increased regional cooperation — which has already helped — is crucial, though much still depends on countries like Russia and Ukraine sorting out their trash problems at home.