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Cruise Ship Pollution - Cruise ships have been described as "floating cities" and like cities, they have a lot of pollution problems. Their per capita pollution is actually often worse than a city of the same population, due to weak pollution control laws, lax enforcement, and the difficulty of detecting illegal discharges at sea. In addition to producing and releasing waste products, cruise ships can also have considerable damage to surrounding ecosystems due to their sheer size. Read the full article to learn more!

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Health Impacts of Ammonia Fuel in Maritime Shipping

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, the International Maritime Organization, a U.N. agency that regulates maritime transport, proposed switching maritime shipping to ammonia fuel, which could exacerbate air pollution and increase premature deaths by up to 600,000 annually without stricter regulations. Implementing cleaner engine technology and robust emissions controls could mitigate these health impacts and potentially reduce premature deaths by about 66,000 per year compared to current levels. Learn more from MIT News.
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