This webinar will consider black carbon emissions from shipping impacting the Arctic from diverse perspectives. It will review the status and need for continued mitigative actions on black carbon emissions reductions under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and possibly under other international bodies.
“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
Ahead of this week’s G20 summit in New Delhi, the Clean Arctic Alliance responded to a report which details the Consequences of Arctic Amplification in a Warming World, calling on the G20 to act on the urgent action demanded by its own advisors.
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"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.
As a meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) - its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80, July 3-7) - closed today in London, the Clean Arctic Alliance expressed dismay that the actions discussed and agreed this week will not be enough to save the Arctic from the climate impact of global shipping.
Shipping emissions significantly impact the climate, human health and ocean biodiversity. Emission Control Areas (ECAs) are designed to reduce atmospheric pollutants from ships by requiring more stringent controls on fuels and engines while operating in the ECA.
Ahead of Norway taking up the two-year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council on May 11th, the Clean Arctic Alliance has published an open letter to the incoming chair, Norway’s Arctic Ambassador Morten Høglund, containing recommendations for Norway’s priorities during its chairmanship that are focussed around the protection of the Arctic environment, promotion of climate and green energy solutions, support for people in the Arctic and the development of a stronger Arctic Council.
Here are the Clean Arctic Alliance’s recommendations for Norway’s priorities and actions during the Arctic Council Chairmanship, which are focused around the protection of the Arctic environment, promotion of climate and green energy solutions, support for people in the Arctic and the development of a stronger Arctic Council.
As a meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Pollution Prevention and Response committee closed today (PPR10), the Clean Arctic Alliance denounced the IMO’s failure to progress compulsory measures to reduce black carbon emissions from international shipping on the Arctic, and called for national governments to urgently develop concrete proposals for mandatory action for IMO to consider at the first available opportunity in 2024.
As a meeting of the IMO's Pollution Prevention and Response committee opens today, the Clean Arctic Alliance calls for radical reduction in impact of black carbon emissions from shipping on Arctic sea and glacier ice, by putting in place a compulsory requirement for ships across the whole Arctic to use cleaner fuels by switching to distillate fuels.