· The Global Shipping Fleet is one of the largest sources of unregulated carbon dioxide emission
· Only 6 countries produce more CO2 than the Global Fleet,
Emissions and Bunker Fuel
- Ships generate 15 to 30 percent of the world's smog-forming emissions.
- Bunker fuel burned by ships is 1,000 times dirtier than highway diesel used by trucks and buses.
- A single ship coming into harbor produces the smog-forming emissions of 350,000 new cars.
- Ship engines are far dirtier than on-road engines due to lack of regulation.
- The International Maritime Organization has lagged far behind in revising outdated regulations for ship emissions.
- Ship exhaust contains harmful air toxics that cause cancer, respiratory illness and premature death.
- Ship air pollution often disproportionately harms poor people of color who live near ports.
- More than one in 10 children has asthma in the world's biggest port cities.
- Ships burn tons of fuel per hour, generating large volumes of global warming gases and black carbon that contribute to climate change.
- Researches are finding that the black soot from ship smokestacks settle on polar ice sheets and help cause melting.
- The world's shipping fleet generates about four percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.
- The shipping industry burns 300 million tons of bunker fuel per year.
- World Shipping Council
World Shipping Council
- Inernational Maritime Organization
International Maritime Organization
I just signed the following petition addressed to: World Shipping Council, International Maritime Organization,.
Urge Global Shipping Fleet to Use More Eco-Friendly Ships
We, the undersigned, are urging the Global Shipping Fleet to begin to use more eco-friendly equipment to carry out their functions as to support a more positive and healthier future for the environment. The Global Shipping Fleet should change their ways because the fleet is one of the world’s largest sources of unregulated carbon dioxide emissions, with only 6 countries producing more CO2 than the fleet itself. Ships such as the fleet are responsible for an estimated 15 to 30 percent of smog-forming emissions. A single ship coming into harbor produces more smog-forming emissions than 350,000 new cars, and to make it even worse bunker fuel burned by these ships is 1,000 times dirtier than diesel fuel used by big trucks on the highway! This is the cause for dirtier engines as well than on-road engines due to lack of regulation! The International Maritime Organization has lagged far behind in revising these regulations for ship emissions.
Not only does this make an impact on the air, but it also affects human health. The emissions that are produced by these ships contain toxins that can cause cancer, respiratory illness, and sometimes a premature death. The pollution also harms poor people disproportionately who live near ports… over one in 10 children who live near big-city ports have asthma. These illnesses are cause by the emissions and pollution released by these ships.
Finally, the emissions from these ships affect the Oceans of the Earth, which cover 71% of the globes surface. Giant ships burn tons of fuel per hour, generating large volumes of global warming gases and black carbon that contribute to climate change. Studies and research have shown that black soot coming from smoke stacks are settling on polar ice speeding up the process of melting, contributing to the rise of water level, and the decrease of ice. 300 million tons of bunker fuel burned by this industry, which estimates that the shipping fleet produces a little over 4 percent of all the worlds carbon dioxide emissions!
Due to the above statistics, the people of the world urge the Global Fleet Shipping Industry to change to more eco-friendly equipment, tools, engines, and fuel, to help for a better future for our environment and Earth. We also urge the International Maritime Organization to revise and modify regulations for ship emissions.
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