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Ten of thousands of old car tyres

Tyres - Teams of divers have been painstakingly lifting an artificial reef made of tens of thousands of old car tyres from the seafloor on the Riviera, after it was found to spread pollution from toxic chemicals. The operation is costing well over a million euros and is part-funded by the tyre manufacturer Michelin as well as the French state. In the 1980s local authorities agreed 25,000 tyres should be sunk into the waters from the shore between Cannes and Antibes, on the French Riviera. In 2005, researchers found the tyres were leaking chemicals including heavy metals - a risk to human life - into the environment. A first set of 25,000 tyres was removed in 2015, with 10,000 set to be lifted in the coming weeks and more next year.

 

 

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