Cruise ships pollute more than aircraft

| 03/06/2009

(MNN): Much has been made of the carbon emissions of commercial airlines. Comparatively little has been said about the pollution coming from cruise ships, though a recent study found that the large boats emit more pollutants per passenger than planes. Of course, there aren’t as many ships in Royal Caribbean’s fleet as there are planes in American Airlines hangars. It’s only natural that airplanes get the majority of the press when it comes to pollution.

But air travel is (arguably) a necessity of modern life. It’s a practice in logistics: getting from point A to point B. Judging by the usual demeanor of fellow economy class passengers, no one is relaxed or filled with enjoyment when traveling on an airplane. Cruises, on the other hand, have an element of frivolity.

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