A single cruise ship generates as much air pollution as 12,000 cars. One cruise ship of 3,000 guests and crew also plow through 11 tons of garbage per day. And 23 gallons of toxic waste. And 270,000 gallons of bacteria-contaminated graywater. Shall I keep going? No, better to let Gershon Cohen of the Campaign to Safeguard America’s Waters tell you, because he is not only an authority on the cruise industry but is also armed with workable solutions to this Titanic-sized problem, such as Alaska’s successful state ballot initiative that demanded that Cruise Ships play by the same rules as everyone else. LISTEN (11 min)

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