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Boat graveyard at Kerhervy, Lanester, Morbihan, France (47°47’N, 3°17’W).Cherry trees, Bessenay area, Monts du Lyonnais, Rhône, France (45°46’N, 4°33’E).Airbus delivery area, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France (43°38’N, 1°22’E).
Map of the European Union in the courtyard of André Malraux high school, Montereau-Fault-Yonne, Seine-et-Marne, France (48°24’ N, 2°58’ E). Mussel farming in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, Côtes d’Armor, France (48°30’N, 2°46’W).Trees in the middle of water near Taponas, Rhône region, France (46°07’N, 4°45’E).
Cleaning up fuel oil leaked from the tanker Prestige, Biarritz, France (43°40’N, 1°35’E).The Red Porphyry of Cap Seninu, Gulf of Porto, Corsica, France (42°19’ N, 8°35’ E). Olive harvest near Les Baux-de-Provence, Côte d’Azur, France (43°44’N, 4°47’E).
Punta di Rondinara, South of Porto Vecchio, South Corsica, France (41°28Tree plantation near Seix, Pyrenees, France (42°50’N, 01°30’E).Beach at Saint-Aygulf, near Saint-Raphaë, Côte d’Azur, France (43°24’ N, 6°44’ E).
Loisinord ski slope on a slagheap at Nœux-les-Mines, France (50°28Common seals in the Somme Bay, France (50°13’N, 1°31’E).Gulf of Murtoli, South Corsica, France (41°30’ N, 8° 54’ E).
Sperone Golf Club near Bonifacio, South Corsica, France (41°22AZF factory chimney after an explosion, Toulouse, France (43°36’N, 1°27’E).Catamaran in the Glénan archipelago, south coast of Finistère, France (47°43
Encampment near Dôme du Goûter mountain refuge, Mont Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France (45°49’N, 6°51’E).The Louvre and the Île de la Cité, Paris, France (48°52’N, 2°19’E).Marking in a field of GM maize in Grézet-Cavagnan, Lot et Garonne, France (44°23’N, 0°07’E).
Air Terminal 2, Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, Val-d’Oise, France (49°00’ N, 2°35’ E).Low tide in the Gulf of Morbihan, Morbihan, France (47°34’N, 2°49’W). Oil tanker of society Euronav, Le NAMUR, Ushant, Finistère (48°32
Container ships of society CMACGM : le «MEDEA», Ushant, Finistère, France (48°46The trawler Caraïbes in the Iroise Sea off Ouessant Island, Finistère, France (48°25’ N, 5°05’ W).Dried cracked mud in Camargue, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (43°27’N, 4°34’O).




Cleaning up fuel oil leaked from the tanker Prestige, Biarritz, France (43°40’N, 1°35’E).

On November 19, 2002, the Prestige, a 26-year-old oil tanker, sank off the west coast of Spain, spilling 77,000 tons of crude oil. The most effective tools for cleaning up such spills are scoops, modified dragnets, and drift nets. The victims of such ecological disasters must turn to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPCF–FIPOL). Until 2004, this intergovernmental organization, financed by the oil industry, had provided up to 180 million euros ($204 million) for each such accident—a sum that is woefully inadequate in view of the total cost of such catastrophes, which runs into billions, and is even more laughable given the income that oil generates. In 2003, the French government levied over 24 billion euros (about $27.6 billion) in oil taxes. Fortunately, under pressure from the states of the European Union, the IMO (International Maritime Organization) has raised FIPOL’s contribution to 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion), a fivefold increase of the original figure.

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