Satellite altimeter data study finds global ship traffic up 4x over past 20 years
Green Car Congress
NOVEMBER 17, 2014
Ships powered by fossil fuels dump oil, fuel and waste into the water and pump exhaust into the air. International trade and the sizes of merchant fleets have both enlarged rapidly over the past two decades, explaining the steep rise in ship traffic, the study reports. Maritime traffic on the world’s oceans has increased four-fold over the past 20 years, likely causing more water, air and noise pollution on the open seas, according to a new study quantifying global ship traffic.