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UN launches Climate Change 2018 report

The United Nations launched their UN Climate Change Annual report that reflects the key achievements of the UNFCCC process and the activities of the secretariat, particularly their impact in relation to the implementation of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, while it also presents the outcomes of COP 24 and a look ahead.

Year in Review: Environmental issues that caught shipping’s eye in 2018

Another exciting year is coming to an end. With only few days left until the end of 2018, SAFETY4SEA looks back on the events that defined the environmental stage of the shipping industry. 2020 sulphur cap, scrubbers, LNG, emissions; these are all topics that made the headlines throughout the year. But let’s take a closer look at those topics, which now are at the core of the shipping industry.

COP 24: Mixed feelings for the future of planet

COP 24 was held in Katowice, Poland, from 3 to 15 December, gathering parties from all around the world to push further work on the fight against climate change. Although the initial feeling was that the negotiations would not end up in some tangible results, governments eventually adopted a robust set of guidelines for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, literally on the edge of time.

Arctic’s sea ice bottoms as carbon emissions peak

Norwegian Ice Service, embodied in the Meteorological Institute (MET), has published its concerns on the effects of climate change because the Arctic is experiencing ‘the lowest area for this day in records dating back to 1967’.

IMO focuses on strategy for shipping emissions reduction at COP 24

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.

CO2 emissions from advanced economies to increase in 2018

The world’s advanced economies will see a rise in their carbon dioxide emissions in 2018, overturning a five year-long decline, IEA reported. Namely, CO2 emissions in North America, the European Union and other advanced economies in Asia Pacific will rise by about 0.5% in 2018.

COP 24 opens in Katowice to boost action against 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).

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