Cruise ships pollute Europe’s port cities despite emissions curbs. Research shows harmful gases from vessels quadruple that of cars as campaigner says people are ‘choking on toxic air’

The Queen Elizabeth in SouthamptonCruise ships pumped four times more harmful sulphuric gases into the atmosphere in Europe than passenger vehicles last year, according to new research showing air quality is deteriorating despite emissions limits and industry pledges to go green.

A total of 509 tonnes of sulphur oxides were emitted by the 218 cruise vessels in operation across Europe last year, up from 465 tonnes of emissions linked to the industry in 2019, the last year of normal activity before the pandemic, according to a report by climate lobby group Transport & Environment.

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