Many ships use outdated and dangerous fossil fuels to travel the oceans. We lead international coalitions that advocate a ban on oil in the Arctic and a transition to clean energy for the shipping industry. We also seek laws that protect wildlife and coastal communities by keeping ships out of sensitive areas.

Pacific Environment Condemns Oil Spill in Mauritius

Press Release | August 17, 2020
San Francisco, California – On August 6, 2020, a Japanese-owned, Panamanian registered deep sea bulk carrier MV Wakashio began leaking fuel oil off the small island state of Mauritius,...

New IMO climate study urges aggressive shipping regulation

Press Release | August 4, 2020
August 4, 2020 (San Francisco, California) — The International Maritime Organization (IMO) today released its Fourth IMO Greenhouse Gas Study. The study finds that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...

NGOs thank U.N. Shipping Agency for Virtual Climate Talks

Blog Post | July 10, 2020 | Pacific Environment
Today, Pacific Environment thanks the UN’s Shipping Agency for hosting virtual dialogues on rapid decarbonization rules for international shipping. The meetings were held in part due to pressure from...

Dependent on the cruise industry, Alaska and Florida should require zero-emissions ships

In the News | June 2, 2020 | The Invading Sea
PE’s Jim Gamble writes with Dede Shelton on how the warming climate threatens Alaska and Florida and the role the cruise industry should play in protecting communities of both...

TAKE ACTION: Tell Cruise Ships, “Enough is Enough!”

Campaign | May 11, 2020 | Domenique Zuber
Cruise companies knew the coronavirus was spreading on their ships—and yet, they continued to sail. Cruise companies know they pollute our planet by relying on dirty fossil fuels—and yet,...

“No Delays or Softening of Climate Action at California Ports,” Pacific Environment Tells State Authorities

Blog Post | April 27, 2020 | Madeline Rose, Climate Campaign Director
Pacific Environment and Environmental Defense Fund today urge the State of California to move forward overdue climate mitigation and public health measures in California ports. Specifically, we call on...