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Holding our breath for a breakthrough in the Mediterranean

There is a widely held perception that land-based human activities are the only cause of air quality degradation. In the public’s perception, industrial plants and automobile exhaust pipes spewing black smoke are associated with air pollution, not ships. Yet, vessels carry today an estimated 80 per cent of all goods traded in the world. In 2017, the global maritime transport fleet grew by 3.15 per cent in terms of deadweight tonnage and by 2.47 per cent in terms of number of vessels (compared to 2016). Maritime transport is the backbone of international trade and an important source of pollution with adverse impacts on human health and ecosystems.

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published on 2018/10/17 12:27:00 GMT+0 last modified 2019-10-31T10:24:25+00:00