Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 25, 2021
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Can big ships be green?

The news on cruising and the environment is in, and it isn’t good. According to the first study of its kind conducted by the University of California at San Diego and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, seafaring vessels from oil tankers to luxury liners are responsible for dangerously high emissions of primary sulphate particles, contributing to poor air quality both at sea and in coastal cities. More stringent regulations and enforcement regarding emission control for the worldwide shipping industry is certainly in order.

While we may not be able to save the world overnight, every doctor doing his or her part will go a long way towards making a big difference. When you cruise, choose to minimize your impact by selecting a cruise line which also tries to promote environmentally friendly practices, and respect the integrity of the natural environments you’ll be visiting.

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