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Environmental Implications of Oil Spills from Shipping Accidents

  • Justyna Rogowska
  • Jacek Namieśnik
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Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 206)

Abstract

It was only during the second half of the twentieth century that people became aware of the negative effects of environmental pollution. For many years, the prevailing opinion had been that the vast and continuously flowing masses of water in the seas and oceans would absorb all human-derived pollutants and wastes dumped into that environment, and that these pollutants would not cause any permanent negative environmental damage (Łopuski 1974). But reports from U Thant (United Nations (UN) Secretary General) in 1969 and the Club of Rome (Meadows et al. 1973) inspired a change of attitude, which raised concerns about the environment and its protection. Since that time, marine pollution has grown into a topic of global significance.

Keywords

Bunker Fuel Gross Tonnage Galapagos Archipelago Tanker Accident Exxon Valdez Spill 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Analytical Chemistry, Chemical FacultyGdańsk University of Technology, ulGdańskPoland

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