The Financial Times reporters Anjli Raval and Josh Spero provide an informative article on pollution resulting from ocean shipping and the changes underway with industry leaders to address the growing issue.
"Shipping is the lifeblood of the global economy and 90 per cent of trade is seaborne. But it is also one of the world’s most polluting industries. More than 90,000 ships criss-crossed oceans last year, burning nearly 2bn barrels of the heaviest fuel oil made from the dirtiest dregs of a barrel of crude and carrying oil and gas, chemicals, metals and other goods.
Vessels belch out large quantities of pollutants into the air, principally in the form of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, which have been steadily rising and endangering human health especially along key shipping routes. They also create between 2 and 3 per cent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming and extreme weather effects."