As we are approaching the end of another exciting year for shipping, without a doubt the focus of everyone ahead of 2020 will be on IMO sulphur cap. This issue, along with decarbonization in general, has emerged as a main priority for the sector, with companies trying to find ways to cut their emissions. In this article, we take a look back at 2019, and we identify the key environmental moments that left their mark.
Each year, an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean – equivalent to a full garbage truck dumped into the sea every minute. A new campaign by UNEP seeks to raise awareness on the harm caused by plastics in personal care products and shifts that can be made to reduce plastic footprints.
Plastic pollution is amongst the most alerting challenges the world faces today threatening lives and the human health. A new study discusses how risks related to plastic pollution play out across insurance lines and asset classes in which insurers invest.
During an expedition in the Northern Sea Route, Russian researchers discovered microplastics all along the route, marking the first time ever that samples have been taken of microplastic waste along the route. The expected results will highlight the seriousness of marine pollution, addressing the matter that even some of the world’s most inaccessible oceans are impacted form pollution.
While walking along the coast, one can come across broken bottles, plastic toys and food wrappers among others, but cigarette butts appear to be the most common. In fact, cigarette butts are a prevalent, lasting, and toxic form of marine debris, that can potentially harm marine organisms and their environments.
On beaches across Europe and the world, EU staff are cooperating with local communities to clean up marine litter as part of the #EUBeachCleanUp campaign. Launched on 19 August, this year’s campaign will run through October, with actions taking place in more than 80 countries, on all populated continents.
Following an analysis of current research related to microplastics in drinking-water, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impacts on human health.
The Ocean Cleanup announced that after a 6-week testing campaign, its main technical challenge is solved by modifying the system to move at a consistent speed through the plastic. The slow-down configuration was most effective in the trials.
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the Government is taking additional steps to reduce Canada’s plastic waste, support innovation, and promote the use of affordable and safe alternatives. These measures will be based in scientific evidence and will align with similar actions being taken in the EU and other countries.
The University of the Aegean start a series of tracking and quantifying plastic garbage in the sea, in 2018, called ‘Plastic Litter Project (PLP)’. The program aims to remotely locate, large quantities of plastics in the sea, aiming to remove them more efficiently.
Key points of the IMO's NCSR 7 outcome27/01/2020
Largest ports of Latvia to improve their competitiveness27/01/2020
Port of Gothenburg marks the largest rail volume in its history27/01/2020
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IMO, WISTA International ink MoU on technical cooperation27/01/2020
Scrubbers not allowed within 24nm of the Californian coastline27/01/2020
QTerminals wins tender to operate Port of Olvia27/01/2020
Climate change challenges for the Arctic27/01/2020
India seeks lower LNG-deal prices with Qatar27/01/2020
Two fatal incidents involving fishing vessels off New England in a week27/01/2020
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India: Guidelines for women onboard27/01/2020