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Environment & Animal Life

Environmental group praises Canada’s new Arctic shipping rules

Ocean conservancy advocates are welcoming the new safety and pollution prevention regulations for ships plying Canada’s Arctic waters unveiled by the federal government earlier this week but are also urging Ottawa to expand its regulations to include the eventual phase-out »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Gone in 20 years? Scientists raise alarm over northern Right whales

Extinction now possible, within decades.       (if photos don’t appear- refresh page) Scientists at at annual international conference on North Atlantic Right Whales have expressed extreme concern over the species survival. The meeting comes with special urgency after some »

Environment & Animal Life, Politics

Efforts to ban heavy fuel oil in the Arctic gather steam

The international campaign to end the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) by ships plying the waters of the increasingly accessible Arctic is gathering steam ahead of an important meeting of the world maritime body next year. At the recent »

Environment & Animal Life

Environmental groups call on Arctic cruise industry to reduce pollution

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from across the North   Recent air samples taken in Iceland suggest cruise ships arriving and departing from Reykjavik are negatively affecting air quality, according to environmental groups. The readings were taken by »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Ottawa orders mandatory speed limit for large ships to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

The Canadian government is ordering a temporary mandatory slowdown for vessels of 20 metres or more in length to protect the population of endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, federal officials announced today. The announcement by Transport »

Environment & Animal Life

International maritime body adopts Canadian proposal on heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters

The United Nations’ specialized agency that regulates maritime shipping has adopted a Canadian proposal to begin the process of developing rules on mitigating the risks of use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) to power ships operating in Arctic waters. The »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

Extreme year for icebergs?

Every spring, icebergs float down from the Arctic into shipping lanes off the east coast of Canada. This year it promises to be one of the most active iceberg seasons on record. Last week there were 37 bergs reported in »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, International

New regulations slowly coming for Arctic ship fuel

The world’s ships burn the lowest quality of fuel known often as bunker fuel. In the industry it’s known as heavy fuel oil (HFO). It emits substantial amounts of sulphur dioxide, and soot. The International Marine Organization (IMO) is the »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics

UN maritime body listens to Arctic Indigenous voices

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London heard this week from Arctic Indigenous leaders who lobbied the UN body for a permanent seat at the table and spoke about their concerns over the impact of increased shipping on the environment »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

Will they or won’t they ban bunker fuel use in Arctic

The Arctic Council has been meeting this week in Stockholm, and one of the issues  under discussion is the ues of “heavy fuel oil” (HFO) by ships plying Arctic waters. As the U.S is the current chair of the Arctic »