China's sea levels reached their highest on record last year, swelled by rising water temperatures and the melting of glaciers and polar icecaps, the government said in a report. Coastal sea levels were 84 millimeters (3.3 inches) higher in 2021 than the average over the period from 1993 to 2011
Sao Paulo - The world lost an area of forest the size of the U.S. state of Wyoming last year, as wildfires in Russia set all-time records and Brazilian deforestation of the Amazon remains high, a global forest monitoring project report said on Thursday
Buenos Aires - A team of Argentine scientists is using microorganisms native to Antarctica to clean up pollution from fuels and potentially plastics in the pristine expanses of the white continent. The tiny microbes munch through the waste
An oil slick from a damaged submarine pipeline has reached Mae Ram Phueng Beach in Thailand’s Rayong Province. It is cleaned by approximately 200 seafarers and 150 employees of Star Petroleum Refining Public Company Limited (SPRC)
Authorities discovered 183 cloth sacks full of cocaine, destined for the continental European market, inside the sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean, around 550 kilometres from Portugal's coast.
An investigation into the spill, which includes multiple pipeline scenarios and additional vessels, is ongoing.
India is the second largest importer, consumer and producer of coal, and has the world's fourth largest reserves. It mainly imports from Indonesia, Australia and South Africa.
Investors shared Willsher's optimism, sending the company's stock up more than sevenfold since the beginning of the year to $5.75 at the close of trading on Friday.
Shanghai - China needs to impose an absolute cap on carbon emissions during the 2021-2025 period to help meet its climate goals, an influential government advisory body said in a new report. China currently has no set cap on greenhouse gas emissions, now the highest in the world at more than 10 billion tonnes a year
London - The window of opportunity for reaching net zero emissions by mid-century is narrowing unless the world radically changes the way energy is produced, used and transported, the International Energy Agency (Iea) said on Tuesday
Shanghai - China has punished more than 2,500 firms and detained 95 people after an inspection across eight provinces turned up instances of illegal quarrying and wetland encroachments among others, the environment ministry said. The inspection teams fanned out from Beijing last month to assess compliance with environmental laws and regulations in the provinces and regions of Shanxi, Liaoning, Anhui, Jiangxi, Henan, Hunan, Guangxi and Yunnan.
London - Tesla boss Elon Musk's sudden u-turn over accepting bitcoin to buy his electric vehicles has thrust the cryptocurrency's energy usage into the headlights. Some Tesla investors, along with environmentalists, have been increasingly critical about the way bitcoin is "mined" using vast amounts of electricity generated with fossil fuels
Leading Japanese lenders have joined an initiative that links the provision of shipping finance to cuts in carbon dioxide emissions as the sector accelerates efforts to go green
Shipping and trade groups are calling on the European Union to advance the development of ammonia and green hydrogen as the best marine fuel options to enable the industry to accelerate decarbonisation
A Chinese-flagged fishing vessel with 16 crew members carrying 130 tonnes of oil has run aground off Mauritius, causing a minor spill
Ban Khu - Muhammad Lamoh had no inkling that his small village of Ban Khu in southern Thailand would be key to the nation's renewable energy goals, until local authorities called a community meeting to inform them of a plan to build a biomass plant. The 25 megawatt plant began operating in March last year, despite villagers' concerns about its effects on their health
Shanghai - China will set up a new information platform to allow the public to track the emissions of polluting enterprises and help authorities prosecute those that break the rules or try to "evade supervision", the environment ministry said
Athens - In an original and socially responsible way, the Propeller Club celebrated the 85th anniversary of its founding, by symbolically cleaning the Votsalakia Beach in Piraeus, on Sunday, October 25th. More than 60 volunteers, led by President Mr. Costis Frangoulis and Members of the Board of Governors, participated in the cleanup, meticulously following the protection measures taken due to the pandemic
New York - A crack has been found in the hull of the "YM Mandate", which has lead to a significant oil leak at the Bayonne Bridge Terminal in New Jersey. The US Coast Guard has intervened to stem an oil spill from the fuel tanks of Yang Ming Marine Transport’s 6,572TEU container vessel, "YM Mandate" in the port of New York and New Jersey
Brussels - ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, committed on Wednesday to being carbon neutral by 2050, although it said a level playing field with green border adjustments and abundant, affordable clean energy would be required to get there. The company, which makes around 5% of the world's steel, said last year it aimed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by 2030
London - Achieving net zero emissions by mid-century would cost an estimated $1 trillion-$2 trillion a year of additional investments, or 1-1.5% of global gross domestic product, a report by the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) said on Wednesday. To limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius this century, global greenhouse gas emissions will need to reach net zero
The Panamanian-flagged MV Wakashio began spilling fuel oil on Aug. 6, prompting the Mauritian government to announce an environmental emergency
"We will provide long-term contributions to the environment and the society of Mauritius with the support and cooperation of experts and organizations with specialized knowledge of environmental restoration and protection," the company said in a statement
Sydney - Eight young Australian students have brought a class action in the country's federal court seeking an injunction to prevent government approval of a coal project, lawyers representing the claimants said on Wednesday
The MV Wakashio, owned by Japan's Nagashiki Shipping, began spilling oil on Aug. 6, prompting the Mauritian government to announce a state environmental emergency
Shanghai - Criminal networks are smuggling plastic trash from the West to illegal recycling plants in Asia, profiting from a 2018 ban on waste imports in China where the bulk of used plastic was previously processed, Interpol said on Friday. The decline in the number of legal export channels for millions of tonnes of waste has "opened the door to illegal business opportunities," the police organisation said in a report
Tokyo - Most of the fuel left on a Japanese bulk carrier that has leaked an estimated 1,000 tonnes of oil off the Mauritius coast has been pumped off, ship owner Nagashiki Shipping said on Wednesday
Tokyo - The Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground off Mauritius and has leaked at least an estimated 1,000 tonnes of oil, passed the latest annual inspection in March with no problems, Japan's ClassNK inspection body said on Tuesday. The ship, MV "Wakashio", is owned by Nagashiki Shipping and operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, which said earlier on Tuesday it had set up a task force and was cooperating with the authorities in Japan and Mauritius
Ships globally have switched to lower sulphur fuels, or use emissions-removing devices, to comply with new rules imposed by the International Maritime Organization this year
The generator and the loading crane were also submerged. The Emergency Operations Committee (COE) took «immediate action to reduce the environmental risk» in the so-called Enchanted Islands
Geneva - MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) announces that the company is now starting to use biofuel in its vessels calling in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Brussels - Europe’s gas industry lobby warned on Monday that curbs on lending by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and others could slow the switch from coal-fired to less polluting gas-fired power plants and harm the bloc’s climate ambitions.
Barcelona - Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg is taking a year off school to pursue her campaign to curb global warming in the Americas, which she will reach by sailboat on a transatlantic voyage.
Bruxelles - Italy has not communicated to the European Commission the final version of the national program for the nuclear waste management. It was established by the Court of Justice of the European Union, based on 2011/70/2011 Euratom Directive
Gieranger - The Norwegian Maritime Authority has fined Greek cruise ship operator Global Cruise Lines Ltd. a total of $80,000 for using 0.17% sulphur fuel in a 0.10% sulfur ECA zone. In March,new Norwegian environmental requirements for emissions in several protected fjords entered into force
London - New rules require high sulphur fuel to be cleaned on ships. Open loop scrubbers clean sulphur from fuel, then pump into sea.
Strasbourg - “Persistent pollution caused by Ilva emissions has endangered the health of the entire population, which lives in the area at risk”: the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg upheld the appeal presented by 182 citizens of Taranto
Beijing - China’s surface water quality improved in 2018, with more samples taken from river and lakes reaching standards fit for human use, the country’s environment ministry said on Monday.
Shanghai - The Ministry of Ecology and Environment said in a policy document on Friday it would aim to “significantly increase” the number of diesel trucks capable of meeting emission standards by 2020, targeting a compliance rate of at least 90 percent by next year.
“Maybe it’s time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes?” says U.S. President
Katowice - Half-way through crucial talks to breathe life into the Paris climate deal negotiators haggled over how to share out the cost of curbing global warming and struggled to pare down a sprawling text. The two weeks of talks, which began at the start of the week, are billed as the most important U.N. conference
Beijing - Temperatures in the northeastern part of China’s vast Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, often dubbed the Roof of the World, have risen more than three times faster than the global average, Chinese data shows.
Athens - Environmental campaign group ClientEarth has launched a legal challenge seeking to revoke a permit for two coal-fired power plants in Greece, one of which has yet to be built, it said on Monday.
Genoa - The report comes from Greenpeace who processed satellite images showing that “the area affected by the contamination has gone from about 88 square kilometers on 8 October to 104 square kilometers yesterday, October 9th”.
Genoa - The leak of fuel oil caused by the collision near Corsica between two ships, the Tunisian Uylisse ferry and the container ship CSL Virginia, “is under control”.
Grado - The search for 300 kilos of TNT which disappeared in the upper Adriaticoff the coast of Grado has been suspended. Despite the use of underwater personnel, sonar, and other specialized equipment, there is no sign of the explosives
Athens - The new environmental regulations have been at the center of attention at this year’s edition of Posidonia trade show in Athens, Greece, which took place from 4-8 of June. The upcoming sulphur cap in 2020 and the initiative to halve shipping industry’s carbon footprint by 2050 have been in the spotlight
Chimbote - Agents from the Peruvian Environmental Prosecutor’s Office have detained the “Damanzaihao” as part of an federal criminal investigation based on presumed acts of illegal fishing. Peruvian authorities have also accused the “Damanzaihao”of polluting the marine environment through the illegal discharge
Brussels - The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted in mid-April an initial strategy to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels.
New York - U.S. electric utilities are expected to shut hundreds more of their coal-fired power generators in the coming years, extending a long trend away from coal and toward natural gas that has cast a pall over the mining industry.
Oslo - Since early 2015, a mid-sized car ferry, the MS Ampere, has been traversing the Sognefjord in western Norway from early morning to evening, seven days a week - without a whiff of smokestack exhaust or a decibel of engine roar.
Brussels - The last round of talks between EU nations, the European Parliament and the EU executive to finalise reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) post-2020 broke down over the issue in October, and the negotiators remain divided.
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno - Chinese refrigerator ship “Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999” with 20 crew was arrested by Ecuador Navy on Aug 13 off San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, in Marine Reserve area. A cargo of frozen sharks, including endangered species, hammerhead sharks, was found in reefer’s holds
Kuwait - Kuwait has contained a crude oil spill in the country’s southern waters in the Gulf and is cleaning up contaminated parts of the shore, state news agency KUNA reported on Monday, citing the oil minister.
Kuwait - Kuwait will finish cleaning up a crude oil spill in the country’s southern waters in the Gulf this week, a Kuwaiti newspaper report said on Sunday, quoting the country’s oil minister.
Oslo - Old, dangerous ice in Arctic blows towards Canada, US. Arctic thaw aids shipping most along Russian coast. Russia to start LNG exports from Yamal in late 2017
Hong Kong - Hong Kong stepped up efforts on Wednesday to clean up a massive palm oil spill, with authorities scooping up more than 90 tonnes of foul-smelling, styrofoam-like clumps in one of the worst environmental disasters to blight the territory’s waters.
Genova - Every year,eight million tons of plastic end up in the sea: “It’s the equivalent of one million African elephants jumping in the water as one,” says Francesca Garaventa, a researcher at the Genoese headquarters of Ismar, the CNR’s Marine Science Institute
Panama City - A Panama-based company faces a fine of up to $17 million for allegedlyspilling about 15 tonnes of oil near the Great Barrier Reef. It is alleged the oil came from the ship “Regina”, owned by company Globex Shipping
Genova - Nine heavily polluted sea sections, one polluted. These are the data that emerged from the 23 samplings that Goletta Verde of the Legambiente group carried out on various sea areas in Liguria, at outlets of streams and rivers: “A slight improvement compared to last year, when we had found 16 polluted points.”
Dhaka - The High Court of Bangladesh has halted the breaking of the floating oil production and storage tanker, “North Sea Producer”, following discovery of radioactive substances aboard the vessel. The radioactive substances accumulated over the years of processing crude oil were found in inside pipes
Copenhagen - A unanimous Parliament has just passed a law that enables Denmark to ratify the UN’s Hong Kong Convention on ship scrapping. “It is a good day for the environment as well as those who work in the ship breaking industry every time a country ratifies the convention.
Helsinki - The technology group Wärtsilä’s project to bring floating rubbish bins to Finland is making progress.
Brussels - UN agency approved deal to curb aviation emissions in October.
Barcelona - According to data obtained by the city’s public planning agency, Barcelona Regional, port activity is responsible for 7.6% of the average annual concentration of sulphur dioxide (SO2).
Washington - Trump plans to halt funds to U.N. global warming programmes. Developing nations say rising climate finance vital to act. Paris Agreement foresees finance up from $100 bln in 2020
Berlin - Cabinet was due to approve climate action plan on Wednesday. Held up due to criticism from transport, agriculture ministries.
San Diego - As admitted at the time of the plea, on August 5, 2014, personnel from the United States Coast Guard boarded the vessel after its entry into the Port of San Diego, California.
Genoa - ICCAT, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna, raised the alarm: in the Mediterranean, the swordfish is overfished, and the swordfish catch must be limited. “We are very worried about the future of the Mediterranean swordfish,” says Giuseppe di Carlo
London - About 90% of global trade is moved by cargo ships which are collectively responsible for about 2.2% of the world’s total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions (similar to that emitted by international aviation).
Venice - In 2013, legislation was brought in banning the largest ships of more than 96,000 tonnes from crossing the Giudecca canal.
New York - The charges relate to an August, 2015 case when a Liberian-flagged chemical tanker, the T/V Green Sky, entered the Port of North Charleston on the eastern coast of South Carolina.
Miami - The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Carnival PLC $15,000 after one of its P&O Cruises ships, the Pacific Jewel, breached new low sulfur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbou
Jerusalem - Government officials expect the cumulative benefit to Israel’s economy would reach more than 30 billion shekels ($8 billion), the finance, energy, environment and economy ministries said in a statement.
Koh Nok - Due to high winds and waves, Thailand’s Marine Department Sunday said it was unable to proceed with cleanup efforts for a bunker spill from the now sunken cruise liner Ocean Dream off Koh Nok in the Si Racha district, local media reports
London - Although cruise companies are helping to fight climate change, talk of eco-friendly ships appearing within the next five years is probably premature.
Brussels - European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) Thursday calledfor shipping emissions to be added back into climate change documents being drafted by the United Nations as part of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) climate talks
Geneva - A deal on limiting carbon dioxide emissions from aviation will likely be reached next year, no matter the outcome of this week’s climate change talks in Paris, a senior official from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday
Oslo - Says climate plan will curb 130 million tonnes of carbon. Last of Group of 20 major economies to submit plan
Beijing - China faces a “formidable task” to clean up its rivers and lakes and needs a fundamental change in attitudes to prioritise the environment over economic development at all cost, vice premier Wang Yang said.
Genoa - The government’s aim is to come to Genoa Shipping Week, the most important annual event in the maritime sector, with an innovative package of dredging measures: a problem that may not be visible, but has huge effects on over 100 Italian ports.
Taranto - Yet another crucial day for Taranto’s Ilva.Today, Wilma Gilli, the preliminary hearing judge in the “Ambiente Svenduto” case in Taranto, is due to make a decision regarding the trial and conviction of those who have chosen a plea agreement
Murmansk - On June 5th,the 50th and last container with unprocessed spent nuclear fuel was removed from the vessel “Lotta” and placed in an onshore storage facility, Rosatomflot’s website reads. “There is no more spent radioactive fuel on board “Lotta”, says Oleg Khalimullin of Atomflot
Monfalcone - Mesothelioma incidence is on the rise in several nations,data show, but a lack of data for some of the world’s most populous countries, among other factors, obscures the true risk of asbestos exposure worldwide
Novorossysk - A leak on Tikhoretsk-Tuapse-2 pipeline caused an oil spill in the Black Sea, close to Russia’s port of Tuapse, covering some 70,000 square meters, according to preliminary estimates. According to Rescue & Environmental Operations Centre OJSC (ECOSPAS), the photos show that the spill is quite large
Jerusalem - Ecologists said on Wednesday it could take years to clean up a massive oil spill that flooded an Israeli nature reserve.
Genoa - Nowadays the Mediterranean Sea represents an ecosystem deeply threatened by an increasing pollution. Up to 80% of such pollution is caused by land-based activities, with industrial activities from the chemical, petrochemical and metallurgy sectors
Hamburg - Stricter limitations on sulphur emissions (SOx) will pose many challenges to ships operating in Emission Control Areas (ECAs). If not handled with care, switching from Heavy Fuel Oil to Marine Gas Oil can put equipment at risk and increase operational costs
Oslo - Almost 200 nations to work on deal in Lima Dec. 1-12 , China, U.S. EU pledges lift hopes for climate accord in 2015, talks in better shape than before last attempt, in 2009
New York - BP Plc has failed to persuade a federal judge to oust the administrator overseeing payouts to businesses and individuals claiming damages arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Bruxelles - European shipowners have launched a survey to monitorthe economic impact of the 0.1 percent sulfur requirements for shipping in the European Sulfur Emission Control Areas (SECAs), which are due to enter into force on 1 January 2015
London - Shipping emissions made up 2.2 per cent of global CO2 emissions in 2012 down from 2.8 per cent in 2007, but the sector’s carbon impact is likely to grow significantly in the coming year.
Genoa - Ever more stringent standards on emissions, but not all countries are equipped for such controls.
The Danish Shipowners’ Association expects the new Italian presidency to take the lead in the implementation of the EU’s MRV proposals, which will restrict CO2 emissions for shipping
Genoa - The investigative unit of the provincial command of the Forestry service at Genoa has seized a mound of earth and rocks of unknown origin that was considered waste, found at the construction site for the filling-in of the Bettolo Quay.
Australia axes world’s third biggest ETS before it starts. Embattled PM Abbott picks up a big political victory.