http://www.businessgreen.com/business-g ... t-shipping
Much like the aircraft emission problem, shipping is another which is only now even being considered for emission standards.
How can this be? How is it that the small tax payer has had to shoulder all the blame, and the tax for problems left totally unregulated like this one.
And further, shipping emits the very worst NOx emissions. So these companies have been left to completely destroy the ocean and atmosphere, while we get taxed.
The US and Canada have proposed that a 200 nautical-mile zone around their coasts be designated as a reduced emissions area that would impose strict new air quality regulations on shipping.
The Emission Control Area (ECA), which the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), would govern nitrous oxide (NOx), sulphur oxide (SOx), and particulate matter.
Starting in 2015, fuel from vessels in the region would have to contain no more than 0.1 per cent sulphur. Then from 2016 vessels would have to reduce NOx emissions by 80 per cent.
When we buy products made and marketed across the globe we fuel this problem.