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Plastic Straws: An Environmental Problem Gaining Importance to the Public and the Marine Industry

NAMEPA took on the issue of marine debris 10 years ago as a way to reach and educate the public to “Save our Seas”.  More recently, we helped promote the idea of reducing the use of straws.  How does this affect the maritime industry?  As the public awareness and advocacy of environmental issues grows, they will be looking at industry’s that do not seem to be reducing their impact on the environment.  It is important that shipping be seen as proactive in this regard, or the “power of the public” will turn to us.

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Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): What is it and how does it impact the shipping industry?

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is the most recent step towards lessening environmental impacts in the fueling industry. LNG occurs when natural gas is taken from a gaseous form and turned into liquid form. The benefit of using LNG is that it is non-pressurized, and is therefore easier and safer to transport. LNG is only 1/600ths the volume of natural gas in the gaseous state, so more can be shipped at a time. It is win-win for ships as LNG is easier to transport, more fuel efficient, and better for the environment because burning LNG results in less carbon emissions that other forms of fuel. Burning LNG releases 50-60% less carbon than coal. LNG is still a fossil fuel and does have impacts on the environment, but the impacts are less than traditional forms of fuel.

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Banning Plastic Bags

Single-use disposable plastic bags are causing more harm than good for the environment. Even though they are convenient to carry groceries, they are anything but convenient for the planet. When improperly disposed of, a plastic bag can easily be carried by the wind to our oceans. Due to their lightweight design, even if it was thrown out far from water, it can still end up in the sea.

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NAMEPA Releases Marine Industry Learning Guide: Educating the Public on the Value of the Marine Industry

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is excited to announce that our newest educational resource, the Marine Industry Learning Guide, is now available for free download. This guide was created for anyone looking to educate others, whether in a formal or non-formal setting, on the importance of the marine industry in our everyday lives as we strive to bridge the gap between commerce and conservation. The activities provided in this comprehensive resource will aid in increasing awareness of the marine industry's dedication to the health and safety of its crew, the environment and its fleet.

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UNCW NAMEPA celebrates World Ocean Day!

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s newly formed chapter of UNCW NAMEPA helped celebrate World Ocean Day at a special event on campus June 8th. UNCW NAMEPA’s leadership participated in the event to help educate families in the community. We had a great time with the families who came to this special event! We were able to teach people of all ages how long certain types of trash remain in the ocean by having them play a matching game thanks to supplies provided by NAMEPA and Marine Quest.

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