“Ships intentionally dump more engine oil and sludge into the oceans in the span of three years than that spilled in the Deepwater Horizon and Exxon Valdez accidents combined, ocean researchers say

Ian Urbina in the NYT writes: “Ships intentionally dump more engine oil and sludge into the oceans in the span of three years than that spilled in the Deepwater Horizon and Exxon Valdez accidents combined, ocean researchers say, and emit huge amounts of certain air pollutants, far more than all the world’s cars. Commercial fishing, much of it illegal, has so efficiently plundered marine stocks that the world’s population of predatory fish has declined by two thirds.”

Few places on earth are as free from legal oversight as the high seas. One ship has been among the most persistent offenders.
nytimes.com|By IAN URBINA

3 thoughts on ““Ships intentionally dump more engine oil and sludge into the oceans in the span of three years than that spilled in the Deepwater Horizon and Exxon Valdez accidents combined, ocean researchers say

  1. Amazing comments after the article at the NYT. Here is one: Gene Horn Atlanta 3 hours ago

    This problem can be solved. The answer lies in the ports. Deny port entry to any ship flying a flag of any country that does not clean up the ships flying under its flag. Force every country that registers a ship to have the ship’s owner post a bond accessible for damages or denied wages. Do not allow any ship posting a new registration to port unless the registration is checked. Require any port of such a ship to hold the cargo until records are cleared. No port should allow any ship to take on cargo unless its record is clean without posting a bond.

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  2. I wrote a comment for the NYT: Excellent article, horrible story, great comments. An aspect of this story is the earth’s overpopulation explosion, and unemployment explosion. The earth had under a billion people for 2-5 million years. We reached one billion in the early 1800’s. Two billion by the end of World War II. Now, in the next 70 years, we have jumped from two to seven billion. If we do not address this unsustainable population growth, mother nature will.

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  3. I just posted a second comment at the NYT:
    Ian Urbina wrote: “Ships intentionally dump more engine oil and sludge into the oceans in the span of three years than that spilled in the Deepwater Horizon and Exxon Valdez accidents combined, ocean researchers say, and emit huge amounts of certain air pollutants, far more than all the world’s cars. Commercial fishing, much of it illegal, has so efficiently plundered marine stocks that the world’s population of predatory fish has declined by two thirds.”
    I would like the sources for these assertions, since they are incredible and horrible. A piece on these assertions and sources with links would help those of us who wish to get on board and form a chorus.

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