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David Fickling: Shipping’s oil era is coming to an end

The 50,000 ships plowing the high seas consume more than five million barrels of crude every day, not much less than all the aircraft in the sky. One-twentieth of all oil ends up burned in a ship engine. Those days may soon be ending.

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Vermont firm aims to help save the planet by cleaning ocean vessels with robots

Ben Kinnaman thinks he can transform the shipping industry and the world's navies by making vessels faster, more fuel-efficient and cheaper to operate.

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‘Black carbon’ threat to Arctic as sea routes open up with global heating

Arctic shipping is not only made possible by the climate crisis, it is adding to it too. More ships mean a rise in exhaust fumes, which is accelerating ice melt in this sensitive region due to a complex phenomenon involving “black carbon”, an air pollutant formed by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels.

Companies vow to reach net-zero emissions, but their plans are falling short, a study finds

Companies vow to reach net-zero emissions, but their plans are falling short, a study finds

Top corporations have vowed to fight climate change by reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. A new study finds that their plans fall short.
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Shipping firms vow to cut emissions if governments support low-carbon tech

The global shipping industry has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century – but only if governments impose a mandatory levy on shipping fuel to fund the development of new low-carbon technology.

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Panama Canal tackles climate-change puzzle: too little rainwater or too much

Authorities, facing diminishing levels of rainwater that the 50-mile canal needs to operate, plan to unveil a $2 billion plan to build infrastructure to manage and preserve freshwater reserves.