Oceans & Forests Blog

New Report Details Cruise Industry’s Record of Pollution

Posted Dec. 1, 2009 / Posted by: NBerning

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact:
Marcie Keever, 415-544-0790 x223, mkeever@foe.org
Nick Berning, 202-222-0748, nberning@foe.org
 
SAN FRANCISCO—A report released today by Friends of the Earth concludes that the billions of dollars earned by the cruise industry each year comes at a significant cost to our nation’s air and water.
 
The report, Getting a Grip on Cruise Ship Pollution, researched and authored by Ross Klein, an independent expert on cruise ship pollution, takes a detailed look at the various ways in which the cruise industry has harmed—and continues to harm—the environments in which cruise ships travel.
 
“This report provides a vital resource to anyone concerned about the cruise industry’s environmental impacts. With today’s launch of the largest cruise ship ever built—Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas—this report shines a light on an industry that has long avoided comprehensive environmental regulation and pollution controls,” said Marcie Keever, Friends of the Earth’s Clean Vessels Campaign Director. “Cruise ships continue to dump sewage into our waters and poison our air with engines that burn bottom-of-the barrel bunker fuel.”
 
Getting a Grip on Cruise Ship Pollution looks at all aspects of the cruise industry, from its pollution streams, to its history of environmental violations, to the modest number of environmental laws that govern the industry. The report also contains a wide-ranging set of policy recommendations, providing solutions for comprehensive environmental reform of the cruise industry.
 
To read the report and learn more, visit: http://www.foe.org/getting-grip-cruise-ship-pollution.
 
Resources:
·         Catalog of cruise industry environmental violations, fines and other incidents: http://www.cruisejunkie.com
·         Overview of cruise ship pollution from Friends of the Earth: http://www.foe.org/air-and-water/cruise-ships
 
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Friends of the Earth and our network of grassroots groups in 77 countries fight to create a more healthy, just world. Our current campaigns focus on clean energy and solutions to global warming, protecting people from toxic and new, potentially harmful technologies, and promoting smarter, low-pollution transportation alternatives.

 

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