Tag Archives: Pollution

Great Barrier Reef hit by ‘extraordinarily large’ muddy flood plume

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Great barrier of reef, Australia. Photo source: ©© Secruza

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Massive plumes of polluted floodwater spanning the entire coast of north-east Queensland are encroaching on the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef, sparking a fresh threat to the beleaguered natural wonder.

Scientists are surveying the marine fallout from the state’s latest natural disaster, with the spectacle of muddy waters fanning out from swollen rivers of the Whitsundays to Cape Tribulation captured in satellite images that have been shared around the world…

Read Full Article; ABC News Australia (02-14-2019)

Cruise ship captain fined €100,000 for using dirty fuel


Super-sized cruise ship, Venice, Italy. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care
“Environmentalists have long railed against what they brand “sea monsters,” virtually floating cities, each pumping massive amounts of greenhouse gases — sailing perilously close to the sea coast to thrill passengers aboard”…

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The captain of a cruise ship found to be burning fuel with excessive sulphur levels has been fined €100,000 in a Marseille court, the first such ruling in France.

The prosecution was intended to signal a new seriousness in tackling pollution from cruise ships…

Read Full Article; Guardian UK (11-26-2018)

Princess Cruises Hit With Largest-Ever Criminal Penalty For ‘Deliberate Pollution’; NPR (12-01-2016)
The California-based cruise operator, Princess Cruise Lines, will pay a $40 million fine for “deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up,” according to the Department of Justice, which calls it “the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution.”..

Federal penalties against polluters at lowest level in a decade under Trump; Guardian UK (02-09-2018)

Venice Is Restricting Access to Cruise Ships; Travel & Leisure (11-08-2017)

At Last, the Shipping Industry Begins Cleaning Up Its Dirty Fuels; Yale e360 (06-28-2018)
By 2020, the global shipping fleet will be required to slash the noxious emissions from thick, sulfur-laden “bunker” fuel, a move that is expected to sharply reduce air pollution and prevent millions of cases of childhood asthma and other respiratory ailments…

A Satellite’s View of Ship Pollution; NASA (02-07-2013)

Powering ships with plastic in Amsterdam; UNEP (07-09-2018)

Europe Takes First Steps in Electrifying World’s Shipping Fleets; Yale E360 (02-22-2018)
Container ships, tankers, freighters, and cruise liners are a significant source of CO2 emissions and other pollutants. Led by Norway, Europe is beginning to electrify its coastal vessels – but the task of greening the high seas fleet is far more daunting…

“FREIGHTENED – The Real Price of Shipping,” a movie by multi award-winning filmmaker Denis Delestrac-©-2016; (03-31-2016)
90% of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilisation; without it, it would be impossible to fulfil the ever-increasing demands of our societies. Yet the functioning and regulations of this business remain largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all. Due to their size, freight ships no longer fit in traditional city harbours; they have moved out of the public’s eye, behind barriers and check points…

The Notion of “Ecological Prejudice” Now in the French Civil Code; Latham London (01-17-2017)
With the Biodiversity Law n°2016-1087 of August 8, 2016, the French Civil code now formally recognises “ecological prejudice” (préjudice écologique) as a category of indemnifiable damage. The move is symbolically significant and builds on the recognition of this category of damages by the Court of Appeals of Paris on March 30, 2010 in the 1999 Erika shipwreck matter (which resulted in pollution of over 400km of the French Brittany coastline).
The legal recognition of ecological prejudice can be traced to the Court’s landmark ruling, in which it was decided that “the ecological prejudice resulting from damage to non-mercantile environmental assets shall be compensated by monetary equivalent”. It further defined the matter as an “… objective prejudice … [which] is to apply to any non-negligible harm to the natural environment, that is, to the air, the atmosphere, water, soils, earths, landscapes, natural sites, biodiversity and the interactions between these elements, which may carry no repercussion for any specific human interest but affects a legitimate collective interest”.

What does a persistent bloom of algae indicate about the health of the planet?


Blooms of harmful algae, like this “red tide” off the coast of Texas, can cause illness and death in humans and animals. Captions and Photo source: NOAA

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While the harmful algae known as red tide have historically been common in warm waters like those of the Gulf of Mexico, the troublesome blooms are no longer seasonal. The algae kill marine animals and make life miserable for beachgoers.

“Regions of harmful algal blooms across the globe have increased in size, number and frequency,” Savarese says. “This isn’t just a Florida problem or a Gulf of Mexico problem, this is a planetary problem…”

Read Full Article; PhysOrg (11-19-2018)

Red tide is devastating Florida’s sea life. Are humans to blame? National Geographic (08-08-2018)
Thousands of sea creatures now litter many of southern Florida’s typically picturesque beaches. “Anything that can leave has, and anything that couldn’t leave has died…”

Toxic Algal Blooms Aren’t Just Florida’s Problem. And They’re On The Rise. Huffington Green (07-07-2016)

Putting the brakes on fast fashion

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Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Fashion revolves around the latest trends but is the industry behind the curve on the only trend that ultimately matters – the need to radically alter our patterns of consumption to ensure the survival of the planet.

The fashion industry produces 20 per cent of global wastewater and 10 per cent of global carbon emissions – more than all international flights and maritime shipping. Textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of water globally and it takes around 2,000 gallons of water to make a typical pair of jeans.

Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned. If nothing changes, by 2050 the fashion industry will use up a quarter of the world’s carbon budget.

Washing clothes also releases half a million tonnes of microfibres into the ocean every year…

Read Full Article; UNEP (11-12-2018)

Cruise ship to provide ‘$2.1m undertaking’ after Great Barrier Reef spill

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“Environmentalists have long railed against what they brand “sea monsters,” virtually floating cities,each pumping massive amounts of greenhouse gases — sailing perilously close to the sea coast to thrill passengers aboard”… Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

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Carnival Australia has been compelled to provide a “$2.1m undertaking” after spilling 28,000 litres of liquid food waste into the Great Barrier Reef’s protected waters…

Read Full Article; Guardian UK (11-08-2018)

Princess Cruises Hit With Largest-Ever Criminal Penalty For ‘Deliberate Pollution’; NPR (12-01-2016)
The California-based cruise operator, Princess Cruise Lines, will pay a $40 million fine for “deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up,” according to the Department of Justice, which calls it “the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution.”..

Venice Is Restricting Access to Cruise Ships; Travel & Leisure (11-08-2017)

Why Durban only got two Blue Flag beaches

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Durban, South Africa. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Durban was the first South African city to implement the international Blue Flag program.

The scheme is an international award which recognises outstanding compliance with bathing-water quality and sewage-treatment regulations. It aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches‚ marinas and inland bathing waters around the world.

In South Africa‚ the Blue Flag programme is managed by the Wildlife and Environment Society (Wessa) and participating coastal municipalities…

Read Full Article; Times (10-15-2018)

Homeless man cleans up beaches every day, Cape Town; Metro (03-15-2016)
The man is called Dan. He’s 28 and homeless, and he grew up on the Eastern Cape. Every day, he cleans the beaches for no other reason than to ‘make the place nice’ because he’s ’embarrassed about the pollution…’

Hurricane Michael brings new threat to Florida’s victims: toxic red tide


Before/after imagery of Mexico Beach, Florida. NOAA

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Biologists fear that the storm surge carried with it red tide toxins that can cause respiratory distress and flu-like symptoms…

Read Full Article; Guardian UK (10-11-2018)

Florida has a new water problem: red tide on the state’s busiest coast; Miami Herald (10-04-2018)
A red tide that has sloshed up and down the Gulf Coast for nearly a year, leaving a wake of dead sea life, murky water and stinky beaches, has now landed on the state’s most crowded shores in Miami-Dade County…

As Florida’s toxic red tide stretches on, residents report health problems; NBC News (09-02-2018)

Red tide is devastating Florida’s sea life. Are humans to blame? National Geographic (08-08-2018)
Thousands of sea creatures now litter many of southern Florida’s typically picturesque beaches. “Anything that can leave has, and anything that couldn’t leave has died…”

Florida has a new water problem: red tide on the state’s busiest coast


A red tide, or harmful algal bloom, is the rapid growth of microscopic algae. Some produce toxins that have harmful effects on people, fish, marine mammals, and birds. Captions and Photo source: NOAA

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A red tide that has sloshed up and down the Gulf Coast for nearly a year, leaving a wake of dead sea life, murky water and stinky beaches, has now landed on the state’s most crowded shores in Miami-Dade County…

Read Full Article; Miami Herald (10-04-2018)

As Florida’s toxic red tide stretches on, residents report health problems; NBC News (09-02-2018)

Red tide is devastating Florida’s sea life. Are humans to blame? National Geographic (08-08-2018)
Thousands of sea creatures now litter many of southern Florida’s typically picturesque beaches. “Anything that can leave has, and anything that couldn’t leave has died…”

Worst “red tide” toxic algae bloom in years killing turtles, manatees in Florida; CBS News (08-02-2018)

Toxic Algal Blooms Aren’t Just Florida’s Problem. And They’re On The Rise. Huffington Green (07-07-2016)