The environmental impact of international shipping emissions in Spanish coastal areas should spur the government to join EU partners in creating a Mediterranean emissions control area (ECA), according to environmental campaigners.
Measurements carried out in the straits of Gibraltar and the port of Barcelona revealed pollutant levels 70 times higher than background urban levels, Spain’s Ecologistas en Acción and Germany’s Nabu reported last week. Barcelona, which is the Mediterranean’s number one destination for cruise liners, is particularly affected by pollutants from shipping.
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