"From Transport & Environment’s role in EU shipping regulation debate to Clean Arctic Alliance’s work on making sure IMO decisions take indigenous Inuit populations into account, the green lobby remains one of the most important actors in shipping’s sustainability conversation."
Clean Arctic Alliance Lead Advisor Dr Sian Prior interviewed by Eric Priante Martin on audio edition of Green Seas, which explores the environmental consequences of shipping as the ‘frozen north’ thaws. More ships and a wider variety of ships, including older vessels not built for ice, are transiting the Arctic as Russia looks to increase use of the Northern Sea Route. But while this may be an opportunity for shipping, it also has significant environmental risks. The Green Seas podcast explores them individually with Clean Arctic Alliance lead advisor Sian Prior and Margaret Williams, a senior fellow at Harvard
“The rapid expansion of Arctic shipping traffic using fossil fuels and opening Arctic Sea routes to year-round navigation for transporting fossil fuels heightens the risk of spills and leakages, increases underwater noise pollution, and destroys ice ecosystems and habitats of ice-dependent species such as seals and polar bears. It also poses a significant threat to the food security and livelihoods of Indigenous communities whose survival and sustenance rely on their intricate relationship with a healthy Arctic environment,” Sian Prior, lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, told Splash. Over 100 countries have signed the Global Methane Pledge to reduce methane emissions
High North News: As Era of “Global Boiling” Commences, Slowing the Arctic’s Meltdown Becomes More Urgent
"G20 leaders should take action to protect the Arctic and significantly slow climate change", says Arctic Policy Director Kay Brown at the Environmental organization Pacific Environment.
Stronger regulation could eliminate soot from ship exhaust which is accelerating warming, particularly in the Arctic, writes Isabelle Gerretsen
Climate activists with the Clean Arctic Alliance sounded the alarm this week that negotiators could delete a demand by the Parliament that the Commission use a review of FuelEU Maritime to consider changes to the list of pollutants that the regulation covers.
The International Maritime Organization took incremental steps to protecting marine environments, including in the Arctic, from noise pollution. The voluntary measures, however, do not go far enough, say environmental groups and the Inuit Circumpolar Council, especially for the Arctic Ocean’s sensitive ecosystem.
Lloyds List: IMO makes progress on underwater noise but more action needed, environmental groups say
Shipping body's sub-committee on ship design and construction completes draft guidelines to curb underwater noise pollution
Sarah Bobbe, Arctic program manager at Ocean Conservancy, urged the IMO to act. “In addition to global measures, even more stringent regional measures to reduce acoustic pollution from vessels in areas such as the Arctic will be necessary,” she said.
Eric Priante Martin on TradeWinds, 16 November 2022: At COP27, a bid to lift shipping’s black carbon emissions up the agenda There is perhaps no more iconic front line in the battle against climate change than the Arctic, where scientists say temperatures have risen by three times the global average. That has led to a dangerous feedback loop. Global warming melts the sea ice, but that ice actually helps keep the planet cooler by reflecting some if the sun’s rays, so when it goes away, it threatens to make climate change worse. And this has opened the door to another