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The facts about cruise ships

Cruise Ships Generate Vast Quantities of Waste

Cruise ships generate hundreds of thousands of gallons of human sewage and offer a host of amenities that create pollutants, including dry-cleaning, pools, hair salons, restaurants, photo processing, and spas.

In one week alone, a large cruise ship generates approximately:

Supreme Court sides with Friends of the Earth

Denies Petition Seeking Weaker Pollution Limits on River Pollution

Ship Shape: Treating Toxic Waste as Waste

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).

Victory at the IMO! … and Next Steps

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 2.4 percent, with a maximum allowable limit of 4.5 percent.  Under the revisions approved last week, ocean-going ships will be required to use marine distillate fuel with no more than 0.5 percent sulfur content (5,000 parts…

Ship Shape: The IMO and Emission Control Areas

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 apply for Emission Control Area (ECA) expansions along their coastlines. This work is about to pay off!

IMO gets it right …. finally
IMO gets it right …. finally

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 pollution from ships.  On a day that was filled with plenary sessions, working groups, and presentations, the IMO finally took a step towards cleaning up the historically un

London Calling

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 our history with the IMO.  Click here to listen to a BBC radio segment entitled, "Shipping industry CO2 emissions far higher than planes" with Eelco Leemans, the

Mining Tourism in Mongolia

A Journey Through Environmental Degradation

Ship Shape: Stopping Whale Strikes

Question: How can you reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save whales at the same time?  Answer: By reducing ship speed!