A new report from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research suggests that climate models are underestimating the full severity of extreme weather events, but that water cycle impacts (such as river water levels) are among the more reliably projected parameters.
Find out more at https://bit.ly/2ELXF7i
Speaking at the High Level Conference on Climate Change and Oceans Preservation in Belgium, the IMO Secretary-General has urged vessel owners, port operators, governments and all those involved in the maritime transport sector to take urgent action to achieve the ambitions set out in the 2018 IMO initial strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.
Find out more in the news for 19 Feb 2019 at http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/WhatsNew/Pages/default.aspx
The recently published World Economic Forum's Global Risk Report 2019, which based on the views of 1,000 decision-makers from the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society, identifies extreme weather and climate-change policy failures as the gravest perceived threats, globally, over the next ten years. Read more at https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-global-risks-report-2019
A welcome announcement from the cruise ship sector, committing to a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030. Read more at https://www.mem-online.com/news/article/cruise-sector-commits-to-40-co2-reduction-target-for-2030.html
Both inhabitants and industry in the UK's Orkney Islands depend on ferries for supplies, transport and communication: ferries are truly a lifeline for these communities. So the proposed use of hydrogen could help to reduce emissions whilst maintaining this vital service. More at www.ft.com or see https://www.theengineer.co.uk/hydrogen-diesel-injection-orkney-ferry/
At COP24 in Poland, UNCTAD ran a joint side event with the IMO, amongst other things highlighting the urgent need for ports to adapt to the effects of the changing climate if trade disruption is to be reduced.
Find out more at https://unctad.org/en/pages/newsdetails.aspx?OriginalVersionID=1949
To coincide with COP24 in Katowice, the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) has published its 2018 update entitled 'Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) Transport Initiatives: Stock-take on action toward implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. Overview of Progress - December 2018'.
Find out more at http://www.ppmc-transport.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Overview-of-Global-Climate-Action-Transport-Initiatives_Final-Version.pdf, which includes an overview of progress with the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative.
Notwithstanding that there are many innovative and often ambitious existing initiatives, OECD-ITF report that the transport sector as a whole needs to do much more to reduce CO2 emissions if the Paris goals are to be met.
Find out more at https://www.itf-oecd.org/co2-reduction-pledges
On Course Towards Carbon-Neutral Shipping?
A new policy brief from OECD-ITF sets out some insights into how the IMO's CO2 emissions targets for international shipping might be met ...
Whilst any individual event cannot be attributed to climate change, the following events in South Africa and the Mediterranean this week are nonetheless indicative of what climate scientists expect the ports' sector to see more of in the coming years:
- A gantry crane blown over and blocking the entrance to the harbour at Port Elizabeth, South Africa (see https://bit.ly/2yMajjm)
- A STS crane toppled after being hit by a vessel during a storm at the port of Barcelona, Spain (see https://bit.ly/2QcNtYY)
- Hundreds of cars in storage for export at the Port of Savona in Italy destroyed in a fire caused by a storm surge that flooded their batteries (see https://bbc.in/2AFBXzO )