On the night of April 18th, a fire of criminal origin burnt down the GERM premises, causing the destruction of our working equipments, archives, documentation as well as our stock of publications.
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While the United Nations identifies 17 major regional seas in its planning, the Mediterranean is perhaps the most dramatic case as it has gone from being the so-called cradle of civilization to be a cemetery for thousands of asylum-seekers and migrants. And it is most probably also the most polluted water basin the whole world. [...]
But it is also a sort of a huge salty lake, being a semi-enclosed sea with only two tiny points of contact with open oceans-the Suez Canal in the East and the Gibraltar Straits in the West. This implies that its waters need between 80 years and 150 years to be renewed [...] In other words, a drop of polluted water remains there, circulating for a whole century on average.