Saudi Gazette

Khaleej Times - - OPINION -

Emis­sions at sea En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists have pro­duced the strik­ing cal­cu­la­tion that world ship­ping now pro­duces as much pol­lu­tion as Ger­many, tak­ing into ac­count all that coun­try’s power pro­duc­tion, ex­haust emis­sions and heat­ing boil­ers. If the world’s mer­chant fleet was re­garded as a coun­try, it would be the state with the six largest emis­sions. The drive to cut car­bon gases is now gen­eral. Un­til last week, ship­ping along with air­craft had en­joyed an ex­emp­tion. But the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­gan­i­sa­tion has agreed emis­sions will be re­duced by a half from 2008 lev­els. While ships pol­lute, as fleets are re­newed with mod­ern, more ef­fi­cient ves­sels, their emis­sions are set to come down.

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