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Report: Scrubbers clean the air but pollute the sea

A new report from German environmental organization NABU points out that scrubbers do not solve the problem of air pollution from ships, as the marine environment could instead become a dumping ground for substances such as mercury and lead.

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German environmental organization NABU, Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, has published a new report that levels a strong critique against carriers' use of exhaust cleaning systems, so-called scrubbers, to reduce their ships' emission of harmful particles.

The study, performed by Dutch research institute CE Delf on behalf of the German organization, concludes that scrubbers neither represent an environmental nor an economic solution.

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