Made In The U.S.A.

The SS Santa Claus

In Adventures on December 7, 2009 at 12:42 am

The massive cargo ships that bring us all the stuff we buy are destroying the planet. Read all about it.

– Just 16 of the world’s largest ships can produce as much lung-clogging sulfur pollution as all the world’s cars.

– There are now an estimated 100,000 ships on the seas, and the fleet is growing fast as goods are ferried in vast quantities from Asian industrial powerhouses to consumers in Europe and North America.

– This Christmas, most of our presents will have come by super-ship from the Far East. Each is a quarter of a mile long and can carry up to 14,000 full-size containers on their regular routes from China to Europe.

– Both international shipping and aviation are exempt from the Kyoto Protocol rules on cutting carbon emissions.

– Two-thirds of the world’s ships are registered in developing countries such as Panama. These are just flags of convenience, to evade tougher rules on safety and pay for sailors.

– While it has long since been illegal to belch black, sulfur-laden smoke from power-station chimneys or [truck] exhausts, shipping has kept its license to pollute… burning ‘bunker’ fuel… ‘just waste oil, basically what is left over after all the cleaner fuels have been extracted from crude oil. It’s tar, the same as asphalt. It’s the cheapest and dirtiest fuel in the world’.

Buy local.

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