Hydrocarbon pollution

It’s caused mainly by accidents on oil platforms and ships used for hydrocarbon transport but also by discharging into the sea of water used to wash tanks of tanker vessels. Crude oil and petroleum products form a waterproof film on water that prevents the exchange of oxygen between atmosphere and water causing damages to marine flora and fauna. Nowadays during transport over sea are used “double-hull” tankers to avoid leaks in case of accidents. The best international practices are adopted with regards to oil platforms to face or eventually adequately deal with any type of inconvenience.

Special reports

  • 15 April 2014

    How rich are we …. in blue gold?

    Water footprint, water availability and use on a planetary scale...

    26 February 2014

    How much water is on your plate?

    Water footprint and water consumption...

    10 February 2020

    Coral turns pale!

    The coral reef is one of the ecosystems with the richest biodiversity...

  • 13 May 2018

    Small steps, great footprints

    Have you ever wondered how much space is taken up by an apple or a steak?...

    7 October 2021

    Water grabbing

    “Clear, sweet fresh water,” wrote Petrarch, by many considered a precursor of Italian literature. Before him, St. Francis dedicated two…

    17 May 2021

    Lost ice

    According to a study conducted by a French and Swiss research team recently published in the leading journal Nature, continental…

  • 15 April 2021

    Oceans of plastic

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    26 December 2019

    Life in Antarctica

    How is it possible to live and work in Antarctica...

    10 December 2019

    In the fridge of the world

    Antarctica is a continent with a very particular charm...

  • 15 April 2014

    How rich are we …. in blue gold?

    Water footprint, water availability and use on a planetary scale...

    26 February 2014

    How much water is on your plate?

    Water footprint and water consumption...

  • 10 February 2020

    Coral turns pale!

    The coral reef is one of the ecosystems with the richest biodiversity...

    13 May 2018

    Small steps, great footprints

    Have you ever wondered how much space is taken up by an apple or a steak?...

  • 7 October 2021

    Water grabbing

    “Clear, sweet fresh water,” wrote Petrarch, by many considered a precursor of Italian literature. Before him, St. Francis dedicated two…

    17 May 2021

    Lost ice

    According to a study conducted by a French and Swiss research team recently published in the leading journal Nature, continental…

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