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I was watching a video about how there are thousands of ships (6300) sunk from the past which did not have oil leached from their tanks.

These have been converted to basically ticking time bombs as the metal and fuel tanks corrode.

The amount of oil in these sunk ships is difficult to estimate, but even on a light estimate resulted in a wide-spread ecological disaster.

As usual the response from 95% of governments out there is simply to bury their heads to the problem.

Source from DW Documentaries (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP0U62oiBlM)

Aren't there literal explosives in the Thames on sunken ships the UK Government is just ignoring?

Yes, SS Richard Montgomery:

The ship was wrecked off the Nore sandbank in the Thames Estuary, near Sheerness, England in August 1944, whilst carrying a cargo of munitions. About 1,400 tonnes (1,500 short tons) of explosives remain on board,[5] which continues to be a significant hazard.[6][7]


Tom Scott: https://youtube.com/watch?v=R9u41aeItss

They aren't ignoring it as per se, it gets inspected regularly and security is controlled, but there just isn't a good enough risk/reward to get rid of it right now.

Most of the explosives are inert but there are cluster munitions on the top deck IIRC that if nudged too much could set the whole thing off.

Inert explosives underwater is less concerning i think think relative to extremely toxic oil sludge made from coal.

The detonation of those explosives is not altogether considered a bad outcome...


We already know that there a natural oil leaks all over the ocean floor, which makes me wonder if a lot of such additional small leaks all over the world are really going to have an impact.

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