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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

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

EU Global Emission Reduction Proposal: Another Viewpoint

Emissions monitoring systems manufacturer, Parker Procal, welcomes EU move to monitor, report & verify emissions. The EU announced recently that it will start measuring shipping emissions from 2013 as a first step towards delivering a global solution for cutting the sector's climate change impact. EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas made the announcement at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

ICS Backs Climate Change Deal

Image: ICS

Press release - The global shipping industry, represented at the United Nations Conference in Paris by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), fully supports a global deal on climate change.   The shipping industry is committed to ambitious CO2 emissions reduction across the entire

Shipping Industry Supports Global Climate Change Deal

Courtesy Singapore Shipping Association

  The global shipping industry, represented at the United Nations Conference in Paris by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), fully supports a global deal on climate change. The shipping industry is committed to ambitious CO2 emissions reduction across the entire world merchant

Opportunities for Shipping from Decarbonisation Through Windpower

Wind challenger Credit IWSA

  As the interconnector of global trade shipping facilitates every other part of the economy, and decision making around low-carbon pathways in other transport modes and industries will both influence and constrain decarbonisation in shipping.

Sustainable Shipping Initiative leans on shipping ahead of COP21

Logo: Sustainable Shipping Initiative

 The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is stepping up pressure on the shipping industry ahead of the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, says The Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia.   SSI want the IMO to support the UNFCCC global CO2 reduction targets on the basis that

Canada to Aid Developing Nations Fight Climate Change

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Courtesy Canada.Ca

  Canada will provide aid to developing countries to combat climate change, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday ahead of talks on global warming, which he has promised will show the country is serious about tackling the issue.

Gates to Launch Mega Clean Tech Initiative

Bill Gates Photo Microsoft

  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, GreenWire reported Friday. Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will agree to

Shipping's CO2 Reduction Goals Exceed Commitments -ICS

File photo: Rosie Chavez

The United Nations (UNFCCC) has published a Synthesis Report analyzing the impact of the pledges made by 146 nations to reduce CO2 emissions in advance of next week’s Climate Change Conference in Paris.   The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says the mandatory CO2 reduction

SSI Urges IMO for Action on Reducing CO2 Emissions

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, today released - ahead of discussions at COP21, which will be held in Paris from 30th November - a statement calling for the shipping industry to play its part in

Largest Underwater CO2 Release from Pipeline - DNV GL

Pipeline DNV GL

  Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is gaining momentum to meet stringent climate change goals and secure energy supplies for the future. To fully understand the environmental and safety implications associated with the development of CO2 pipelines

Warm Water Mixing up Life in Arctic

Most surprising finding is that the thermally induced changes at the ocean surface can rapidly spread to affect life in the deep seas Courtesy Alfred Wegener institute

  AWI researchers’ unique 15-year observation series reveals how sensitive marine ecosystems in polar regions are to change The warming of arctic waters in the wake of climate change is likely to produce radical changes in the marine habitats of the High North

NYK Again in Climate Disclosure Leadership Index

NYK Included in Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for a Fourth Consecutive Year Image from NYK

NYK has been included in the CDP*’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for a fourth consecutive year.   The company received a perfect score in the CDP's 2015 Climate Change Information Request, ranking in the top 10 percent of the CDP’s Japan 500 target companies

Canada to Ban Oil Tankers on Northern BC Coast

Photo: Transport Canada

Canada will push ahead with a moratorium on oil tanker traffic along the northern coast of British Columbia, effectively slamming the door on a controversial pipeline project that was already facing massive development hurdles. In a letter released on Friday

Global Terminal Operators Go Green

Photo: APM Terminals

 Thousands of port employees around the world have enthusiastically contributed their time and effort to a joint environmental initiative launched by marine terminal operators DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals

Shipping Braces for post-Paris Pollution Tax

Brussels sets end-2016 deadline for CO2-cutting proposals by IMO. The shipping industry expects to be stung by a carbon levy as momentum building from climate talks in Paris starting this month makes a cut to its greenhouse gas emissions likely.

Greenpeace Activists Divert Helsinki-bound Coal Ship

Alppila. Photo by ESL Shipping Ltd

 The environmental activist group Greenpeace managed to board and get a coal-carrying freighter on its way from St. Petersburg to change its course before arriving to Helsinki harbour.   A Greenpeace activist has scaled the 155m long bulk carrier, Alppila

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