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Shipping companies urged to stop using dirty fuels in the Arctic

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The risks to fragile Arctic ecosystems could soar as more polar sea lanes become accessible because of climate change. Photograph: Solent News/Rex/Shutterstock

Shipping companies are under pressure to phase out use of heavy fuels, as world’s first hybrid battery-powered cruise ship set for launch in 2018

July 11, 2017 — Shipping companies are under pressure to phase out use of heavy fuels ahead of a potential ban on their use in the Arctic in the coming years. Continue reading Shipping companies urged to stop using dirty fuels in the Arctic

Shipping industry criticised for failure to reach carbon emissions deal

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A pollution control vessel near Ahmedabad, India. Photograph: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty

International Maritime Organisation agrees sulfur emissions cap but is condemned for delaying measures to cut greenhouse gases

October 28, 2016 — The world’s leading shipping organisation has been condemned by environmental campaigners and MEPs for its failure to urgently tackle the industry’s impact on climate change, after it agreed only to a partial reduction in harmful emissions from ships.  Continue reading Shipping industry criticised for failure to reach carbon emissions deal

UN climate change body appeals for funding

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Developing country diplomats may struggle to attend UN climate meetings unless funding for their travel is radically boosted

September 11, 2016 — That’s the warning in the UN climate body’s latest budget report, which reveals just $80,000 has so far been provided by donors, compared to well over $300,000 at the same point in 2014.  Continue reading UN climate change body appeals for funding

Shipping air pollution causing 24,000 deaths a year in East Asia

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China, where Shanghai is the world’s busiest container port, will start demanding cleaner fuels for ships in coastal regions from 2019. Photograph: Toby Melville/REUTERS

Often overlooked compared to cars and factories that are far bigger causes of smog, ship traffic has more than doubled off East Asia since 2005

July 19, 2016 — A boom in shipping is aggravating air pollution in China and other nations in East Asia, causing thousands of deaths a year in a region with eight of the world’s 10 biggest container ports, scientists said on Monday.  Continue reading Shipping air pollution causing 24,000 deaths a year in East Asia

Offshore carbon, why a climate deal for shipping is sinking

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The Cook Islands, a tiny Pacific state vulnerable to sea level rise, is vocally opposed to action at the International Maritime Organization

July 16, 2016 — Eight months after world leaders struck a historic climate pact in Paris, most UN bodies are – more or less – getting with the programme.  Continue reading Offshore carbon, why a climate deal for shipping is sinking