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    • In the Ocean Deep: What You Don't Expect to See While Diving in Greece
    • In the Ocean Deep: What You Don't Expect to See While Diving in Greece
    • In the Ocean Deep: What You Don't Expect to See While Diving in Greece
    • In the Ocean Deep: What You Don't Expect to See While Diving in Greece
    • In the Ocean Deep: What You Don't Expect to See While Diving in Greece
    • In the Ocean Deep: What You Don't Expect to See While Diving in Greece
    • In the Ocean Deep: What You Don't Expect to See While Diving in Greece
    • In the Ocean Deep: What You Don't Expect to See While Diving in Greece
    • In the Ocean Deep: What You Don't Expect to See While Diving in Greece
    • In the Ocean Deep: What You Don't Expect to See While Diving in Greece
    • In the Ocean Deep: What You Don't Expect to See While Diving in Greece
    • In the Ocean Deep: What You Don't Expect to See While Diving in Greece
    © AP Photo / Vassilis Tsiairis
    Divers collect tires from the sea floor in the Saronic Gulf near Athens. Greece has the European Union’s longest coastline, poor waste management and an addiction to single-use plastic that litters the country’s seabed. To fight the problems, volunteer divers work as underwater garbage collectors to clear debris - mostly plastic - that is littering the sea floor.

    Greece introduced an environmental tax on January 1 making disposable plastic bags in supermarkets more expensive as a way to curb one of the main sources of environmental pollution.

    Plastic is increasingly used throughout the world. Its production exceeds 300 million tons per year.

    Due to its inability to decompose under natural conditions, plastic, in particular, settles in marine ecosystems. Every year, the world ocean receives from 4.8 to 12.7 million tons of plastic, according to scientists.

    The Mediterranean Sea is "drowning in plastic," as nowadays a quarter of its fish could contain plastic debris.

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