The Negative Effects Of Shipping's Impact On The World

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Register to read the introduction… Many ships travel every day across hundreds of kilometers to different countries. Shipping is vital to globalization. But how does this hold back or prevent sustainable prosperity? Well for starters, shipyards require seven hundred and twenty hectares of land. This is a lot compared to the 1.89 hectares of productive land available for each person. Shipyards also require a large amount of electricity and water to keep things running and functional. Running a shipyard produces large amounts of solid waste. Another downfall of the use of ships, is that ships use 3% of the fossil fuels consumed globally and they emit 15% of the world’s nitrogen and sulfur dioxide. The reason for so many emissions is because ships use bunker fuel which is much cheaper and dirtier than regular diesel. This is harmful to humans as the air we breathe is polluted. Marine creatures are harmed by the toxic paint on the ships that is made to withstand harsh conditions. This paint is made with toxic chemicals. Some marine animals are introduced to new environments because of ballast water. Some of the animals that are effected may be a primary food source for some cultures. These examples demonstrate the numerous ways that shipping negatively affects the environment and our world in general. The damage caused impedes global prosperity and passes burdens on from one generation to the …show more content…
Well a few ways it can be measured is by assessing a few criteria. The GDP per capita, or gross domestic product per person of a country, the HDI, or human development index, and last but not least, Human development and access to clean water. Gross domestic product is the total amount of money earned by a country in a year. If we take a look at larger countries like Canada and the United States, we see the GDP per capita ranges from $251 US dollars in Burundi, all the way up to $163,000 US dollars in Monaco. Although, the GDP per capita may not be an accurate reflection on each individuals earnings as it is an average. But from the GDP we can determine that workers in many countries are way under paid. Living on less than a dollar a day is a very hard thing to do especially with cost of living constantly going up. How could anyone live with prosperity with insufficient funds? HDI or the human development index is the UN’s measure to determine quality of life. The HDI measures life expectancy, knowledge, and standard of living or GDP. The average life expectancy in the world is 70.5 years. Although this may seem appealing, in some countries the average life expectancy is only 45 years old. Another negative is that there is a world average of 47.8 deaths of children under 5, for every 1000 births. This number is very large and concerning. This just shows how dangerous this world is for young people. Also if young people are dying it affects the population growth rate, and the amount of future workers as well. The knowledge of the human race is lacking. Some countries have as little as 35% literacy rate. How are people supposed to get jobs and be successful in a work environment if they are not able to complete tasks or even understand them? A major issue that has burdened people for many years is the lack of clean water. Many people have to walk miles from their home just to get a few buckets of water so their family can

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