Working together to reduce pollution

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CRUISE CONTROL: There are plans to measure pollution emitted by cruise ships.

AMICS TERRA association is measuring the amount of pollution cruise ships are emitting. The group is socially aware of the environment and willing to work to solve the problems of the island and the people in Mallorca. 

They will study the emissions generated by cruise ships but have asked for “urgent” control measures from all those involved.

The University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) and the Balearic Islands Port Authority (APB) will analyse the amount of pollution and noise created in the main ports of the island. 

They have intentions of reducing the amount of large ships that enter and leave the port too, to lower emissions even more. 

Some of the cruise ships at Palma’s port can have up to 7,000 passengers on board.

Both UIB and APB have now signed an agreement to improve the situation, and aim to establish a network of sensors to measure the pollution.

A spokesperson from Amics Terra said: “There are no studies on the capacity that this island can manage and this is a year with much more tourism. The Balearic Islands have more communities with more water per capita consumption, and tourism is growing without any control measures.” 

The problems have been identified and all groups and associations involved are working together to reduce the pollution on the island.   

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