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Year in Review: Environmental issues that caught shipping’s eye in 2019

As we are approaching the end of another exciting year for shipping, without a doubt the focus of everyone ahead of 2020 will be on IMO sulphur cap. This issue, along with decarbonization in general, has emerged as a main priority for the sector, with companies trying to find ways to cut their emissions. In this article, we take a look back at 2019, and we identify the key environmental moments that left their mark.

Risks of plastic pollution to the insurance industry

Plastic pollution is amongst the most alerting challenges the world faces today threatening lives and the human health. A new study discusses how risks related to plastic pollution play out across insurance lines and asset classes in which insurers invest. 

Researchers find microplastics along the entire NSR

During an expedition in the Northern Sea Route, Russian researchers discovered microplastics all along the route, marking the first time ever that samples have been taken of microplastic waste along the route. The expected results will highlight the seriousness of marine pollution, addressing the matter that even some of the world’s most inaccessible oceans are impacted form pollution. 

Cigarette butts: The most prevalent form of ocean litter

While walking along the coast, one can come across broken bottles, plastic toys and food wrappers among others, but cigarette butts appear to be the most common. In fact, cigarette butts are a prevalent, lasting, and toxic form of marine debris, that can potentially harm marine organisms and their environments.

EU launches actions to clean up marine litter worldwide

On beaches across Europe and the world, EU staff are cooperating with local communities to clean up marine litter as part of the #EUBeachCleanUp campaign. Launched on 19 August, this year’s campaign will run through October, with actions taking place in more than 80 countries, on all populated continents.

Ocean Cleanup solves previous technical challenge

The Ocean Cleanup announced that after a 6-week testing campaign, its main technical challenge is solved by modifying the system to move at a consistent speed through the plastic. The slow-down configuration was most effective in the trials.

Canada to ban single-use plastics

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the Government is taking additional steps to reduce Canada’s plastic waste, support innovation, and promote the use of affordable and safe alternatives. These measures will be based in scientific evidence and will align with similar actions being taken in the EU and other countries.


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