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Alberta Panel to Review Climate-change Policy

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips

  The Canadian province of Alberta, the biggest source of U.S. oil imports, announced the members of its climate change policy review panel on Friday, part of its pledge to implement new rules on greenhouse gas reductions. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the panel would offer recommendations to the government by early November, ahead of a key United Nations climate change conference in Paris in December, but did not say when new GHG targets are likely to come into effect. The five members of the panel are University of Alberta energy economist Andrew Leach, former Suncor Energy executive Gord Lambert, Enbridge Inc executive Linda Coady, Pembina Institute board member Stephanie Cairns and Angela Adams, a Metis Fort McMurray school district trustee. Alberta's oil sands are Canada's fastest-growing source of carbon emissions and the province has faced harsh international criticism for what has been perceived as lax oversight of the oil sands industry. The left-leaning New Democratic Party government of Alberta was elected in May on a platform that included promises to review climate change policy and the size of royalties resource companies pay to the province. Those pledges have sparked concern among many oil and gas producers that new government policies will lead to rising costs at a time when global crude prices are tumbling, and Phillips sought to reassure industry there would be no surprises.


Climate Change: a Challenge for IMO Too

September 24 2009 marks the 32nd celebration of World Maritime Day, the annual occasion when the International Maritime Organization (IMO) leads the world in highlighting a key issue for the Organization and the shipping industry. This year, the theme for World Maritime Day is Climate Change: a challenge for IMO too! In his World Maritime Day message to the international maritime community, IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E


Northrop Grumman Environmental Efforts Recognized

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Northrop Grumman Corporation has been recognized as a leader for the company's actions to reduce carbon emissions, mitigate the risks of climate change and for the quality of its climate change data by CDP on two of its listings. The achievement was announced in the CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report 2013, which tracks how America's largest listed companies are acting in response to environmental sustainability. CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international


Boskalis Wins Veja Mate OWF Foundations Deal

Veja Mate offshore wind farm

  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) in partnership with VolkerWessels (Volker Stevin International) has been awarded a contract by Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH for the design, procurement, fabrication, supply, transportation, installation and testing of sixty seven (67) foundations for the Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm in the German section of the North Sea. The contract carries a value of approximately EUR 500 million, in which Boskalis has a 50 per cent share.


IMO Opens the Door to Reduce Shipping Emissions

Member states of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) agreed on a Resolution on technology cooperation, which was delaying the implementation of standards to improve the energy efficiency of new ships. The resolution had been in discussion for two years and was hindering any progress on other measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships. The resolution meets the concerns of developing and developed nations by recognizing the principles of non-discrimination in the IMO and


Obama Defends Arctic Oil Drilling

Image: Shell Global

 United States' President Barack Obama defends his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean.   He insisted that there was no contradiction between his climate change agenda and Arctic drilling.   “I share people's concerns about offshore drilling,” Obama said, while emphasizing that Shell bought its exploration leases before he took office.   His televised message did not stop several environmentalist organizations from


Nobel Prize Winners Join Forces to Plead Greenpeace Arctic Case

Photo credit Greenpeace

Eleven Nobel Peace Prize laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu have written a joint letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin offering their support to twenty eight Greenpeace International activists, a freelance photographer and a freelance filmmaker who are being detained in a Russian prison whilst they are investigated for allegations of piracy. In their letter, the award winners urge President Putin “to do all you can to ensure that the excessive charges of piracy against


U.K. Could Save $5.6 Billion by Linking Offshore Wind Farms: Report

Bloomberg reports that the U.K. could save as much as $5.6 billion by connecting offshore wind farms to each other, cutting down on construction and operating costs. As much as 15 percent of the cost could be knocked off the bill for building wind infrastructure, according to a report today from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and energy regulator Ofgem. The U.K. is seeking to have about 18 gigawatts of turbines at sea installed, up from 2 gigawatts at present


ATCM Reaffirm Commitment to Ban on Mining in Antarctic

Image courtesy ATCM

The 29 countries party to the Antarctic Treaty unanimously agreed today to a resolution at the 39th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) stating their “firm commitment to retain and continue to implement…as a matter of highest priority” the ban on mining activities in the Antarctic, which is part of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (also called the Madrid Protocol)


Ocean Cycles Pause Global Warming

AMO spatial pattern (by The Pennsylvania State University)

 The natural oscillations in the climate, which resulted in cooler Pacific Ocean waters, were partially behind the controversial global warming "pause", say researchers.   However, this in no way suggests that the planet is now cooling, nor that there is any slowdown in human-caused global warming.   After a period of rapid global warming throughout most of the 20th century, the pace of global temperature rise has slowed greatly over the last 10 to 15 years


Boskalis Secures Dike Reinforcement Project

 Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announced that the Noorderzijlvest district water board intends to award the contract for the Eemshaven-Delfzijl dike reinforcement project to a consortium consisting of Boskalis & KWS Infra. The contract carries a value of more than €60 million


Day of the Seafarer: Ban Spotlights Sustainable Agenda Targets

Port scenes, Antwerp, 2013. International Maritime Organization (IMO) Photo: IMO

 Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change.   “The world is now embarking on carrying out twin plans for the


UK First to Accept Marine Geoengineering Amendments

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The United Kingdom has become the first State to formally accept the 2013 marine geoengineering amendments to the 1996 “London Protocol”, the treaty covering dumping of wastes at sea.    The amendments support the precautionary approach by providing for specific


UK First to Accept Marine Geoengineering Amendments

Photo: IMO

The United Kingdom has become the first state to formally accept the 2013 marine geoengineering amendments to the 1996 “London Protocol”, the treaty covering dumping of wastes at sea.   The amendments support the precautionary approach by providing for specific marine


Lenders Deny BHP Port Debt on Coal Worries

Australian mining giant BHP Billiton pulled a $500 million debt refinancing plan at one of Australia's biggest coal export terminals after banks were reluctant to lend to the sector, said three sources with knowledge of the process. The decision earlier this month sets back efforts to simplify


Amid Melting Arctic Ice, Kerry sees Looming Climate Catastrophe

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Official Portrait Photo John Kerry -@JohnKerry

Standing near Greenland's Jakobshavn glacier, the reputed source of the iceberg that sank the Titanic over a century ago, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry saw evidence of another looming catastrophe. Giant icebergs broken off from the glacier seemed to groan as they drifted behind him


Hundreds of Scientists Urge Obama to Halt Arctic Oil Drilling

Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

 Nearly 400 scientists from more than a dozen countries signed a letter urging U.S. President Barack Obama to take the Arctic Ocean out of the next federal offshore lease sale plan, thus ruling out the possibility of offshore drilling in the Arctic in the near future.  


Adani may Withdraw from Australian Coal Mine Project

Gautam Adani Courtesy Adani Ports

 Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprise Ltd may walk away from its proposal to build one of the world's biggest coal mines in Australia, citing long delays caused by legal challenges to the project by groups concerned about the environment.


'Big Data' Helps NYK Line Axe CO2 Emissions

Photo: Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line)

 In fiscal 2015, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) achieved a 14.3 percent reduction in CO2 emissions, exceeding the goal established in 2011 in the company’s "More Than Shipping 2013" medium-term management plan calling for a 10 percent reduction by fiscal 2015 in the CO2


Panel to Review Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project

An independent three-member review panel has been established to conduct the environmental assessment of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project, a proposed new three-ship container terminal that would accommodate growing demand for goods shipped in containers.


Scientists Slam BC LNG Proposal

Image: Pacific North West LNG

 International climate scientists are calling on the Canadian government to reject a proposed liquefied natural gas project by Petronas-backed Pacific NorthWest LNG in British Columbia, saying it would have dire environmental effects, according to a report in Canadian Press.  


The Impact of Hull Form on Efficiency

Graph: CE Delft

 There is a growing interest in the fuel efficiency of ships because of fuel prices, climate change and energy security issues. This has resulted in, amongst other things, a regulation governing the design efficiency of new ships called the Energy Efficiency Design Index (or EEDI for short).


Experts Say Shipping Emissions Must Peak Soon to Achieve Paris Goals

Photo: CMA CGM

 International shipping and aviation will have to cap their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) soon for the world to meet the ambitious goals laid down in the Paris Climate Change Agreement, participants at a side event at the Bonn climate change conference heard today.  


Oceans Gasping for Breath, Oxygen Running Low!

Deoxgenation due to climate change is already detectable in some parts of the ocean. New research from NCAR finds that it will likely become widespread between 2030 and 2040. Other parts of the ocean, shown in gray, will not have detectable loss of oxygen due to climate change even by 2100. Image Credit: NCAR

 Rising levels of CO2 are making it hard for fish to breathe in addition to exacerbating global warming and ocean acidification.   Climate change has caused a drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans in some parts of the world


Ocean Economy Set to Double in Size by 2030

Image: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

 The world’s oceans must be managed well to ensure the potential of an “ocean economy” that was worth US $ 1.5 trillion in 2010.   "Calculations based on the OECD’s Ocean Economy Database value the ocean economy’s output (measured in terms of the






 
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