As the decline of Arctic sea-ice continues, the prospect of an ice-free Arctic ocean in the near future draws closer. Arctic melting is seen by industry and some governments as an opportunity to develop human and exploitative activities in the region (oil and gas production, mining, shipping, tourism). But while Arctic melting is surely an effect of climate change, it is imperative that it does not become another cause of climate change. This vicious circle threatening the Arctic and the global ecosystems needs to be broken.
The European Commission should put in place measures to cut maritime
hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions as part of its wider strategy to reduce
greenhouse gases from shipping. This is the ask a coalition of environmental NGOs have put forward in a letter to the EU's Directorate
General on Climate and Energy. HFCs are among the most damaging
On 16 February 2012 the environment committee of the European Parliament will vote on a proposal to limit the sulphur content in fuels used by ships in EU seas. This briefing gives an overview of the key issues at stake.
Questions and answers on the IMO's EEDI: what it does, how it works and what its significance is. Published to coincide with a critical vote at the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee in London, July 2011.