Study: New fuels are more harmful to the Arctic

A new preliminary study links the new low-sulfur fuels, which most of the commercial fleet now sails on, to black carbon. Environmental organizations call for answers and action from the IMO and oil companies.

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The new low-sulfur ship fuel could be far more harmful to vulnerable areas such as the Arctic than the traditional fuel oil it replaced at the turn of the year, concludes a new preliminary study.

This is something of a paradox, as the sulfur regulations have been adopted in order to reduce shipping's impact on the environment. As such, the IMO needs to act now, says an environmental NGO in a statement.

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