Greening Arctic Cruise Shipping Through Law and Technology: A Role for China
Arctic Yearbook (2018), pp. 71-83, (2018)
Posted: 24 Dec 2019
Date Written: 2018
The current boom in Arctic cruise shipping has multiple implications for communities in the Arctic. In addition to (very limited) economic possibilities, Arctic communities see a large influx of tourists as well as overwhelming effects of pollution. The latter is not only a problem in terms of the amount of waste generated by visitors but also due to the air pollution caused by cruise vessels. This is a problem likely to persist despite the voluntary heavy fuel oil ban adopted by the Arctic cruise industry in late 2019 (i.e., after this text was published). The text shows the impact of air pollution from cruise ships on human health, in particular in an Arctic context, but also looks at potential legal and technical solutions. Particular attention is given to the potential role China can play in moving the cruise industry away from its current level of pollution.
Keywords: Arctic, cruise, shipping, law, environment, pollution, China
JEL Classification: K33
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