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Climate fighters are angry that the climate goals recommended by the United Nations International Maritime Organization do not include a requirement to reduce total CO2 emissions.

Activists criticize global agreement on CO2 emissions from shipping

Green groups say the deal will keep emissions rising over the next decade

Fiona Harvey Environmental correspondent
Sat 24 Oct 2020 03:32 AEDT

Governments have rejected calls for stricter regulation of international shipping and instead set new rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which activists claim will jeopardize Paris' climate goals.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN organization that regulates international shipping, agreed on Friday after a week-long online meeting to make an existing goal legally binding: to reduce the carbon intensity of shipping by 40% compared to 2008 for the next 10 years .

The conclusions, drawn by ministers from around the world despite calls from the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and other countries for stricter emissions restrictions, will be presented to the IMO Committee on the Protection of the Marine Environment for approval next month.

Activists said the deal would allow carbon dioxide emissions from shipping to continue to rise over the next decade, despite warnings from scientists that global emissions must be cut sharply during that period.

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I can't help believing that international shipping organizations are missing out on the opportunity to turn the tables on climate activists.

One of the few geoengineering proposals that are unlikely to kill people is to seed the ocean with iron oxide. Iron is the primary limiting nutrient for microscopic plants across much of the ocean. Even a few extra tons of iron delivered to the ocean's surface could have a significant impact on algae growth over a large area.

If ships could inject small amounts of cheap, low-quality iron into their exhaust, either as a fuel microadditive or through a mechanism to inject powdered oxide into their exhaust stream, or just toss a few sacks of iron oxide over the side while they were traveling in a strong one Position to claim their activities are a net climate benefit.

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