With the new U.S. administration, we are expecting a significant reversal in climate and environmental policies. At this point, we have already seen the new administration rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, an international treaty focused on mitigating the impact climate change will have around the world. We anticipate this is not the first of sweeping changes that will impact the maritime industry.
A young girl from the United Kingdom became the first person to officially have air pollution listed as a cause of death, due to a fatal asthma attack in 2013. Legal experts believe this could open the door to lawsuits by pollution victims and their families. Estimates are that between 28,000 and 36,000 people will die as a result of toxic air pollution every year in the UK.
A global regulation that was meant to substantially reduce harmful sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions from ships came into effect in January of 2020. Introduced by the International Maritime Organization, IMO 2020 intended to clean up the maritime industry has had reduced benefits due to the bigger impact to the industry from Covid-19.
In Delhi, the most polluted major metropolisin the world, India’s government moved to ban millions of private vehicles from the streets on Monday, a day after the city recorded its worst air quality in three years.
As temperatures cool and winds calm, New Delhi's air quality drops. The poor air quality can make eyes water, induce coughing, and cause breathlessness even for those without respiratory illnesses. Often, the city will declare a public health emergency, and even go as far as to shut schools.