IMO is at the UN climate change conference (COP 24) in Poland, focusing on key elements of the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships. Discussions at several side events at COP 24 have highlighted prospects for alternative and low-carbon fuels.
Navigation along the Northern Sea Route could eventually be possible year-round until 2030, as the climate continues warming, the Head of the Russian State Hydrometeorology University Valery Mikheyev told. He explained that according to forecast, by 2030 NSR’s and its shores will not have ice.
Finnish technology group Wärtsilä launched a lifeboat for buildings, as a product ‘that should never see the light of day’, in a bid to highlight the potential adverse effects of climate change in the world. The lifeboat for buildings is not a real product, even though it could be, as it could be used in severe flooding and rising sea levels caused by climate change.
The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has opened in Katowice, Poland, on 3 December, gathering parties to push further work on the fight against climate change. The conference is expected to finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement under the Paris Agreement work programme (PAWP).
British oil major Shell revealed plans to set short-term targets as part of a long-term ambition to reduce the Net Carbon Footprint of its energy products. The plans were announced in a joint statement developed with institutional investors on behalf of Climate Action 100+, an initiative led by investors with more than $32 trillion in assets under management.
MOL announced that it will support three initiatives to address the issue of global warming. These are the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures; Japan Climate Initiative; and Cool Choice. These aim to contribute to global environmental conservation by developing environmental and emission-free businesses.
The UK’s Ministry of Defence has launched a report, presenting the threats that climate change poses both for the shipping industry and trade routes. Namely, the report says that shipping will be among the sector that will be hit the hardest by climate change, as trade routes could be disrupted due to extreme weather.
Climate change is a major problem affecting not only Antarctic, but the whole world. Antarctic is a picture of the world since it projects the effects of climate change. Today, parts of the Antarctic are warming three times faster than other parts of our planet, with scientists recording recently its warmest day ever – a distinctly not-freezing 17.5°C.
WWF published the report ‘Living Planet’ in which it reports that wildlife populations have decreased by 60%, in a span of 40 years. It states that this generation is the first that knows people are destroying the environment and the last one that can do something to reverse it.
Warmth continued at a steady rate across the world last month, making for the fourth hottest September on record for the globe and the fourth warmest year to date, the latest analysis by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information informed. The average global temperature in September was 1.40 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 59 degrees.
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