China should implement an Emission Control Area (ECA) to help battle air pollution says the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) in a new report.

Seven of the world’s 10 busiest ports are located in China and according to NRDC they emit high levels of diesel particulates, nitrogen- and sulfur oxide. Since there is little restriction on the area one container ship could freely pollute as much as 500,000 trucks.

“pollution is mostly unmonitored and uncontrolled … By embracing 21st century port and shipping emissions control systems, China can clean up its air pollution while enabling sustainable shipping industry growth for decades to come” Said Barbara Finamore, NRDC’s Asia director

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