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Photo of the Week (1/18/10)


Bursting at the Seams
Ship Breaking
Wahid Adnan/Marine Photobank
While the shipping industry provides jobs and economic growth, ships from the time they are built to their disposal are a major source of pollution and disruption of marine ecosystems. From construction waste, carbon dioxide emissions, waste illegally discharged on the high seas to transporting exotic species around the globe in their ballast water and finally to the improper handling of toxic contaminants at ship dismantling facilities such as this one in Bangladesh, ocean vessels have numerous impacts on human health, marine species and the environment. Improvements that have helped the industry be better stewards of our ocean planet include developing kites to propel ships, which reduces harmful emissions, and better regulations for disposal of ballast water to minimize the introduction of species.

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