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.

Really important report published by OECD International Transport Forum on role of ports in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.  See https://www.itf-oecd.org/reducing-shipping-ghg-emissions Essential reading for #NavClimate and everyone involved in https://sustainableworldports.org/about/ 
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The World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) is an initiative of IAPH as coordinator working with four founding partners: PIANC, AIVP, American Association of Port Authorities and ESPO.  IADC and ICHCA are amongst several other signatories to the Charter. There are…
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A new report from the International Transport Forum report examines what would be needed to achieve zero CO2 emissions from international maritime transport by 2035.  Download the report from https://www.itf-oecd.org/decarbonising-maritime-transport
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A March 2018 report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) confirms the importance of increasing the adaptability of Europe’s infrastructure and social systems to a changing climate.  See https://easac.eu/fileadmin/PDF_s/reports_statements/Extreme_Weather/EASAC_Statement_Extreme_Weather_Events_March_2018_FINAL.pdf 
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Several publications this week report on studies indicating that rates of sea level rise may be accelerating.  For example see https://maritimecyprus.com/2018/02/20/nasa-new-study-finds-sea-level-rise-accelerating/ 
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Two-day sustainability congress on 22 and 23 March 2018 to be organised under the aegis of IAPH (International Association of Ports and Harbors), together with AAPA (American Association of Port Authorities), ESPO (European Sea Ports Organisation), AIVP (International Association of…
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New article in the Marine Professional discussing a new study released by Lloyd’s Register (LR) and University Maritime Advisory Services that aims to demonstrate the viability of zero-emission vessels (ZEVs) and identify how they will become a competitive option for decarbonization.…
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Public consultation on the draft Air Quality Strategy The draft Air Quality Strategy was published for consultation in early December 2017. The consultation will close on 23 January 2018.  For full details click here
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Monday, 13 November 2017 11:52

NavClimate news from COP23 Transport Day

Some headline comments from @COP23 Transport Thematic Day on Saturday 11th November ... OECD International Transport Forum emphasised the importance of providing evidence and supporting information to enable countries to optimise their transport policies, but cautioned that transport climate policy…
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Very interesting article in The New York Times, illustrating exactly how much there is to do in terms of decarbonisation - or how much there will be to do in terms of adaptation! See https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/06/climate/world-emissions-goals-far-off-course.html 
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