Saturday, December 10, 2016

A Caribbean beach in Tuscany

Signboards pointing to the “Spiagge bianche” (“White beaches”) in Rosignano Solvay, a small town in southern Tuscany, have been luring many thousands of tourists to this stretch of Tyrrhenian shoreline for years. The White “sand” isn’t natural, but the result of over 100.000 tons per year of Calcium Carbonate waste from the nearby bicarbonate Solvay factory. Not only calcium, but mercury and arsenic, which has earned the beach the listing in the 15 most polluted EU shorelines according to the European Agency.


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