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Friends of the Earth’s blog is a staff-run blog that provides policy analysis, insight and commentary about the environment and other progressive issues, advances our campaigns, and builds momentum for a healthy and just world.

Ship Shape: Treating Toxic Waste as Waste

Oct. 24, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

In September, the Port of Seattle adopted Friends of the Earth's proposal to dispose of 20,000 cubic yards of PCB-tainted sediment dredged from Puget Sound into a waste management facility (the alternative was to dump it back into the Sound).

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Victory at the IMO! ... and Next Steps

Oct. 14, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Friends of the Earth strongly welcomed the IMO’s formal adoption of revisions to MARPOL Annex VI last Thursday, which will bring about a substantial reduction in air pollution from ships. Currently, the average sulfur content of ship fuel is...

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Ship Shape: The IMO and Emission Control Areas

Oct. 10, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Friends of the Earth and Friends of the Earth International have been working tirelessly with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to revise an international agreement that would strengthen ship emissions standards and allow countries to ...

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IMO gets it right .... finally

Oct. 8, 2008 / Posted by: John Kaltenstein / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Dave hirsch

Members of the Friends of the Earth and Friends of the Earth International delegations let out a collective sigh of relief this afternoon when the IMO approved a major amendment to MARPOL Annex VI, an international agreement governing air pollutio...

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London Calling

Oct. 7, 2008 / Posted by: John Kaltenstein / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: John kaltenstein

Clean Vessels Program Manager, John Kaltenstein went to London, England to attend the 58th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Click here to read about Friends of the Earth and o...

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Congress on Energy: "Drill, baby...shill!"

Sep. 18, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Congress is failing to serve the public when it comes to our energy crisis and global warming. A compromised energy bill just passed the House and now the Senate is considering similar legislation THIS WEEK. House Democrats pushed weak legislation...

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Ship Shape: Reducing Vessel Speed

Aug. 29, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Reducing vessel speed represents one important way in which ships can limit air pollutants including greenhouse gases. A 10% decrease in fleet speed can translate into more than a 20% reduction in emissions. In California, the ports of Long Beach ...

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