IHNC Lake Borgne Surge Barrer Photo: Team New Orleans / CC-BY

The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier was completed in 2013 near the confluence of and across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet near New Orleans. Designed to defend against a 100-yr storm surge, the 1,8-mile long flood wall includes three navigable flood gates. Organic material dredged during construction was deposited in nearby wetland habitats to enhance environmental conditions.

Adaptation of inland and maritime navigation infrastructure

We believe it is time to stop using uncertainty as an excuse for inaction. The evidence is unequivocal. Climate change is happening. Adaptation of inland and maritime navigation infrastructure is vital, and the time to act is now.

The agreement reached at the COP21 meetings in Paris in December 2015 to limit warming to less than two degrees represented a significant step for the international community. Notwithstanding this agreement, however, climate scientists are in general agreement that the world is already locked in to further change in key climate parameters. If we fail to achieve the less than two degrees goal, things will get worse still.

The Think Climate coalition partners believe that it is time to stop using uncertainty as a reason for inaction. Scientific evidence is unequivocal: the climate is changing. Adaptation of navigation infrastructure is vital, and the time to act is now.

In addition to contributing to mitigation, it is therefore vital for the sector to coordinate globally and act locally to adapt waterborne transport infrastructure and the operations that depend on it to the changing climate; and to strengthen resilience – in turn reducing the vulnerability of the sector to more frequent extreme events. Such action will be vital to ensure navigational safety, to reduce downtime and protect business continuity.

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,…
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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    
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 22:49

On Course Towards Carbon-Neutral Shipping?

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 ... https://www.itf-oecd.org/carbon-neutral-shipping
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 22:13

New IPCC special report - a wake up call!

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contains some stark messages.  It is no longer considered that limiting warming to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels is the ‘safe’ maximum – rather warming must be limited to…
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Friday, 14 September 2018 16:06

Airbus orders automated kite for ro-ro vessel

The Marine Professional has published an article discussing a maritime technology startup's plans to tow one of their vessels with an automated kite. Vessel operators can launch and recover the kite – which unfolds, operates and refolds autonomously – using…
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A new publication by the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency provides useful, and potentially worrying, food for thought for the waterborne transport sector.  The 'Geography of Future Water Challenges' explains and illustrates the global implications of climate change for water-related disasters…
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The European Joint Research Centre has published two studies that identify an unprecedented coastal flood risk unless timely climate change adaptation measures are taken.  The studies highlight that without such measures: - average annual coastal flood damage in Europe could increase…
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