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Cruise Lines Receive "Dinosaur of the Year” Award

The Dinosaur of the Year award goes to those who have a negative impact on the environment.

By Colleen Supan, Managing Editor, Urban Farm

January 13, 2012

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2011's “Dinosaur of the Year” award goes to the cruise-ship industry.

Before you book your next cruise, think about what kind of impact you might be making on the environment, depending on which cruise line you choose. Given by the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, 2011's “Dinosaur of the Year” award goes to the cruise-ship industry. Singled out were cruise lines AIDA and TUI, based in Germany.

NABU President Olaf Tschimpke states that cruise ships emit particle pollution equivalent to 5 million cars driving the same distance as a cruise ship travels. Tschimpke also states that none of the money spent on the many conveniences available on cruise ships goes into reducing the pollution emission rates. According to NABU, “The 15 largest cruise ships emit as much sulfur dioxide pollution annually as all 760 million cars in the world.”

AIDA states that it uses fuel oil with sulfur content lower than 0.1 percent, which is below required international standards. AIDA President Michael Thamm states the company has made significant environmentally sound changes, including new vessels from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which are supposed to be environmentally groundbreaking.

Also taken into account by NABU are the effects of particle pollution in the environments of natural beauty and species diversity in areas where cruise ships stop. Increasing heat absorption from sunlight, which contributes to the melting of glacial ice, are black oil or diesel particles falling on the white ice at the North and South Poles. Tschimpke refers to cruise ships as “soot catapults.”

The Dinosaur of the Year award, given to individuals and companies who, according to NABU, have a negative impact on the environment, started in 1993. For more information on NABU, visit its website here.

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Interesting?
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 12/20/2012 7:14:22 AM
We need to look at how we power those vehicles that transport our goods as well as ourselves and find ways to make them cleaner.
Carl, Livermore, CA
Posted: 2/2/2012 10:33:43 AM
From an article in the UK Guardian about the environmental impact of shipping.

"One giant container ship can emit almost the same amount of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50m cars, study finds."

Something to think about.
Nathaniel, Chicago, IL
Posted: 1/20/2012 10:24:09 PM
I accept that we need to make someone the bad guy and it seems only right to jump on the recent cruise ship hysteria but, really? Sure, cruise ships are big polluters but what about the tens of thousands of commercial shipping vessels out there, chugging back and forth carrying cheap, imported products that nobody on the face of the planet actually NEEDS but will purchase regardless and toss out a week later?

What are the pollution stats on those ships, hmm. Hybrid?
Nathaniel, Chicago, IL
Posted: 1/20/2012 10:17:07 PM

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