February 2019

Ridding the Arctic of the world’s dirtiest fuel

The Ecologist: Ridding the Arctic of the world’s dirtiest fuel

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This article appeared on The Ecologist, on behalf of the Clean Arctic Alliance

Ban on heavy fuel oil transportation from Arctic waters is on the agenda of the world’s shipping experts.

Shipping
specialists from around the world are shuttering themselves in the
International Maritime Organization’s central London headquarters this
week to thrash out a number of issues surrounding the threat of
pollution to the climate and oceans from the global shipping industry.

This is an industry that for most of us remains unseen, but which we depend on for bringing us stuff from all over the planet.

At this meeting, the elegantly titled “PPR6”,
delegations will be tasked with designing a ban on the use and carriage
of heavy fuel oil, as fuel, from Arctic waters, and the identification
of measures which will reduce emissions of black carbon from the burning
of fossil fuels.

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