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Documentary Sea Blind on Dutch Television

Publication date: 12 October 2016
Modificationdate: 07 December 2016

Sea Blind is a documentary about the impact of shipping on the environment, especially on the Arctic Sea. Climate journalist Bernice Notenboom made this film with support from amongst others, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM.

Sea-going vessels produce significant amounts of polluting emissions. Ships burn fuels that emit black carbon that in turn accelerates the Greenland ice melt. Through these emissions from ships ice discolors dark and melts faster. Usually, marine litter is not included in climate treaties. 

The film shows how Bernice and a team of RIVM carry out air quality measurements on a ship on the North Sea. Air Quality measurements were conducted using professional equipment, but also with small inexpensive "citizen science" devices such as iSPEX.

RIVM measurement vehicle on a ship 

The film airs on Dutch Television on October 12, 23:05 hrs on NPO 2. 

Manon Zwart (RIVM) explains use of iSPEX to Bernice Notenboom

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