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New report shows oil companies as the seven seas' greatest scourge

According to a new study, much of the pollution in the world’s oceans can be directly linked to the largest oil and gas companies. Saudi Arabian Aramco contributes the most, and French Total is also shown to have a detrimental effect on marine environments. The fossil energy industry bears a huge responsibility for the deterioration of marine life, which is taking place at unprecedented speed.

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In the 50 years leading up to 2015, the 88 largest fossil energy companies have contributed 51 percent of the total acidification of the world’s seas.

Going all the way back to 1880 and looking ahead, the contribution seems even more pronounced. From that perspective, the figure amounts to 56 percent, shows a new study published in scientific journal Environmental Research Letters.

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