A study by environmental NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) has found that luxury cruise brands emitted in European seas alone 10 times more SOx than all of Europe’s 260+ million passenger vehicles.
Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Norway are the most exposed countries to cruise ship air pollution in Europe. Among the major cruise ports, Barcelona, Palma Mallorca and Venice are the most polluted. Cruises docking in Barcelona emit five times more SOx than the city’s 560,000 cars every year, according to the T&E study, which is based on satellite data of ship movements.
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