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Taking Stock of China’s Actions to Steer Green Shipping

Expert BlogBarbara Finamore
Air pollution aggravates lung disease and impairs our ability to fight off respiratory infections. It has been linked to higher mortality rates during the Spanish flu and the SARS outbreak, and more recently to the Coronavirus. So, while many of…

South Korea Establishes an Emission Control Area for Ships

Expert BlogBarbara Finamore
In a major victory for the environment and public health, South Korea is the second Asian country to set a timetable for requiring oceangoing vessels to switch to ultra-low sulfur fuel when navigating at or near its major seaports.

China Taking Further Steps to Clean Up Shipping Pollution

Expert BlogBarbara Finamore
China has taken another important step to combat shipping pollution. On December 10th, the Ministry of Transport released a new regulation designating a coastal domestic emission control area (DECA) that extends 12 nautical miles off China’s coastline.

Why the IMO's 2020 Global Fuel Sulfur Limit Is Significant

Expert BlogBarbara Finamore
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) made a historic decision last Thursday, finalizing its plan to dramatically reduce the global sulfur limit of marine fuels by 85 percent in 2020. When the plan is implemented, the global cap in sulfur in…

China a Key Player in Aviation Emissions Agreement

Expert BlogBarbara Finamore, Alvin Lin
China and the U.S. have put climate issues back into renewed focus by formally approving the Paris Climate agreement at the onset of the G20 summit this month. In several weeks, these two countries will have another opportunity to demonstrate…

China Fighting Air Pollution in Air, Land, and Sea

Expert BlogBarbara Finamore
China has been rightly lauded for signing the Paris Agreement at the United Nations on Earth Day, April 22, and pledging to formally ratify the Agreement before the G20 Hangzhou summit in September this year. As part of China’s multi-front…