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End of Crystal Serenity’s voyage spotlights way to ban toxic fuel in Arctic

The just-concluded voyage of the luxury cruise liner Crystal Serenity brought into focus many of the risks of rising ship traffic in the Arctic. They include water and air pollution, the possible... With Arctic shipping expected to rise, there may be an argument that communities in the Arctic ought to be protected from ship emissions just like the rest of the continent. Though it’s an open...
Published 2016.09.27: Blog Post

Black carbon: Bringing the heat to the Arctic

The Crystal Serenity, the first luxury cruise ship to sail the Northwest Passage, arrived safely in New York City last Friday. On her 32-day voyage, we estimate that the Crystal Serenity consumed... On her 32-day voyage through the Northwest Passage, the Crystal Serenity probably emitted a bit more than 1 metric ton of black carbon, a climate forcer about 3200 times more powerful than CO2—and...
Published 2016.09.21: Blog Post

Heavy fuel oil is considered the most significant threat to the Arctic. So why isn’t it banned yet?

Heavy fuel oil (HFO) is the bottom of the barrel leftovers from the oil refining process. It is incredibly viscous; at room temperature, it can be the consistency of peanut butter. Few engines can... When we know that heavy fuel oil is the biggest threat to the Arctic marine environment, dangerous to human and environmental health, and already banned in the Antarctic, shouldn’t we seriously...
Published 2016.09.15: Blog Post

In the land of the midnight sun, Arctic shipping is on the rise

The luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity offers many excursions on its unprecedented 32-day voyage through the icy waters of the Northwest Passage. One of them was a recent visit to Shishmaref, Alaska... As we gain a more complete understanding of ship activity using the satellite AIS data, we can better estimate the environmental and economic effects of international shipping, especially in fragile...
Published 2016.08.29: Blog Post

The voyage of the Crystal Serenity and the risks of Arctic shipping

Figure 1. The Crystal Serenity's journey through the Northwest Passage, 16 August to 17 September 2016. As the Arctic warms, areas once clogged by sea ice are increasingly accessible to fishing, oil... However unprecedented, the Serenity’s voyage is a sign of things to come and may be the beginning of a boom in Arctic vessel activity. While Arctic shipping may bring economic benefits to both local...
Published 2016.08.17: Blog Post

Policies for efficient transport will lower oil prices, create jobs, and help countries meet climate pledges

Signed by 177 countries in April, the Paris climate agreement has been hailed by business leaders and heads of state as the “end of the fossil fuel era.” Now, as countries translate their intended... The expansion of fuel-saving transport policies has important implications for the future of the global oil market and its impacts on major economies.
Published 2016.06.13: Blog Post