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Study: Cleaner Ship Fuels to Benefit Health, but Affect Climate

February 7, 2018

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Although cleaner marine shipping fuels will result in significant health benefits on a global scale, more stringent standards beyond 2020 may be needed, according to a study by University of Delaware.

Marine shipping fuels will get a whole lot cleaner in 2020 when a regulation by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires fuels to contain 80-86 percent less sulphur.

Ship air pollution effects are greatest in areas where heavily travelled ship routes exist in, and next to, densely populated communities. Some key regions include China, Singapore, Panama, Brazil and coastlines of Asia, Africa and South America.

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