Cargotec committed the United Nations Global Compact’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C, in order to face climate change, develop efficient solutions and boost a low-carbon economy environment.
During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, highlighted the challenges the planet faces today and stated that climate change is running faster than the people trying to tackle it.
The University of Washington though its new study, revealed that the massive marine heatwave in the northeastern Pacific during 2014-2016, known as “the Blob”, has negative impacts upon the ocean food chain. Specifically, millions of seabirds along the US west coast lost their lives, as it is expected to become more frequent due to climate change.
This is the first time in its 15-year history, that the environment is at the top of list of issues likely to have a major impact over the next decade, as a year of extreme weather events and growing evidence of global heating catapulted the climate emergency to the top of the list of issues worrying the world’s elite.
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report highlights the urgency to prioritize timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented and enduring changes in the ocean and cryosphere. The report also reveals the benefits of ambitious and effective adaptation for sustainable development and the increasing costs and risks of delayed action.
With the ocean absorbing vast quantities of heat, increased concentrations of GHG are reported in the atmosphere, mainly from fossil fuel consumption. In fact, the Fifth Assessment Report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2013 indicated that the ocean had absorbed over 93% of the excess heat from greenhouse gas emissions since the 1970s. This is leading ocean temperatures to increase.
A new research discovered that a warming planet could change ocean waves in more than 50% of the world’s coastlines. If this happens, it could lead to significant impacts to coastal flooding and erosion. The pattern that is discovered from this research is that changes in wave heights are expected in some areas, with increases in the Southern Ocean and the tropical eastern Pacific, but reductions in the North Atlantic Ocean and portions of the northern Pacific Ocean.
The speed and extent of global warming is more than any similar event in the past 2,000 years, researchers say. As they explain, famous historic events like the ‘Little Ice Age’ do not compare with the scale of warming that is being experienced over the last century.
Emerging trends in maritime industry include not only a shift towards technology and innovation, but also a constant need to adapt to a number of key environmental issues that seem to redifine how shipping does business. In this regard, IMarEST published an informative infographic, summarizing the key environmental trends for shipping.
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