Environmental groups call on Arctic cruise industry to reduce pollution in Iceland

Recent air samples taken in Iceland suggest cruise ships arriving and departing from Reykjavik are negatively affecting air quality.

The readings were taken by Germany’s Nature and Biodiversity Union (NABU) and the Iceland Nature Conservation Association at the Port of Reykjavik. “Air pollution levels in the wind direction from arriving or departing vessels were up to 1,000 times higher compared to local background concentrations,” the groups said. Tourism in Iceland has been experiencing a major boom in recent years and cruises are increasingly visiting Reykjavik and other coastal towns.  Arni Finnsson from the Iceland Nature Conservation Association explains that air pollution from ships is carried hundreds of kilometres inland where it contributes to local air quality problems and likewise drifts onto glaciers and sea ice. 

- The Independent Barents Observer -

14. 9. 2017