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Industry group backs global carbon price for large ships

09/06/21
 A major maritime industry association on Monday backed plans for a global surcharge on carbon emissions from shipping to help fund the sector’s shift toward climate-friendly fuels.

Electric Vessels Are Not Enough to Slash Shipping Emissions

09/02/21
An autonomous electric cargo ship is slated to make its maiden voyage this year, but the vessel represents just one baby step in the long road toward reducing shipping emissions.

In San Diego, an All-Electric Tugboat Eyes a 2023 Debut

07/20/21
The first fully electric harbor tugboat will soon serve the Port of San Diego. Crowley Maritime Corporation will build and operate the tug, which will be operational by mid-2023. Instead of fuel, the eWolf will reportedly source its power…

Shady Ships: Retail Giants Pollute Communities and Climate with Fossil-Fueled Ocean Shipping

07/20/21
Just fifteen companies are responsible for emitting millions of tons of pollution from importing their goods into the United States on fossil-fueled ships. Our report Shady Ships: Retail Giants Pollute Communities and Climate with Fossil-Fueled Ocean…

Panama Canal Tackles Climate-Change Puzzle: Too Little Rainwater or Too Much

06/28/21
The Panama Canal faces a creeping threat from climate change, including droughts so intense that ships sometimes reduce their cargo so as not to run aground, and giant storms that almost overwhelm its dams and…

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Amazon’s new net-zero carbon pledge is focused on the oceans, as shipping giants pursue alternative fuels

By Alicia Doniger  Photo: Lucy Nicholson | Reuters   10/19/21  
Amazon and IKEA are among the major companies pushing the ocean shipping industry to adopt zero-carbon fuel sources for vessels by 2040. Marine shipping accounts for 1 billion tons of carbon emissions per year, according…

Maritime shipping causes more greenhouse gases than airlines

By YCC team  Photo: Joe Moss   08/02/21  
Ships transport more than 10 billion metric tons of cargo each year, including clothing, electronics, and oil. Almost all of these ships run on fossil fuels, so they emit a lot of carbon pollution. Maritime…

Walmart, Ikea, and Amazon have a dirty shipping problem

By Justine Calma  Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images   07/20/21  
Giant retailers, including Amazon and Ikea, have pledged to go green, but their shipping is still pretty dirty. Now shoppers can now see how much pollution some of the biggest retail companies in the US…

Climate Art Sets Sail for the Poles

By Clara Chaisson  Photo: Julie Hefferman   07/16/21  
There’s a lot to consider when curating an art exhibit that showcases more than 50 artists working across diverse media including drawings, paintings, videos, sculptures, and soundscapes. Now imagine doing it on a ship bound…

A proposal to make cargo ships pay for pollution is making waves

By Maria Gallucci  Photo: Gav Goulder   07/07/21  
Thousands of cargo ships cross the oceans every single day, carrying everything from cars and clothing to plastic pellets and garden gnomes while their giant engines pump greenhouse gases into the air. The shipping industry…

Cargo Ships, Climate Change and a Can-Do Approach

By Susan Hayman   07/06/21  
The daunting challenges of the maritime industry as it contends with climate change will arguably be the most important we have ever faced. We are at a serious inflection point, and I am grateful President…
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Panama Canal Tackles Climate-Change Puzzle: Too Little Rainwater or Too Much

By Santiago Perez   06/28/21  
The Panama Canal faces a creeping threat from climate change, including droughts so intense that ships sometimes reduce their cargo so as not to run aground, and giant storms that almost overwhelm its dams and…

Can Massive Cargo Ships Use Wind to Go Green?

By Aurora Almendral  Photo: Spencer Lowell   06/28/21  
In 2011, Gavin Allwright was living in a village outside Fukushima, Japan, with his wife and three children, when a powerful tsunami destroyed the coastline, splintering homes into debris, crashing a 150-foot fishing boat into…

Michelin Puts Puffy Sails on Cargo Ships

By Maria Gallucci   06/25/21  
The white sailboat outside of Michelin Group’s Swiss office doesn’t have a sail at all. Instead, it has a wing. The puffy, inflatable structure towers over the vessel, resembling an enormous meringue with a spine…

Can Massive Cargo Ships Use Wind to Go Green?

By Aurora Almendral  Photo: Spencer Lowell , The New York Times   06/24/21  
In 2011, Gavin Allwright was living in a village outside Fukushima, Japan, with his wife and three children, when a powerful tsunami destroyed the coastline, splintering homes into debris, crashing a 150-foot fishing boat into…

Your climate change goals may have a maritime shipping problem

By Esther Whieldon   06/03/21  
The international cargo and container shipping industry plays a central role in global supply chains, but until recently has made few inroads toward decarbonization. That needs to change if the world is going to achieve…

Calls For Global Shipping To Ditch Fossil Fuels And Meet Climate Goals

By Nishan Degnarain   09/25/20  
At UN Climate Week this week, calls have increased for shipping to urgently ditch fossil fuels to meet the planet’s climate goals. The global shipping industry remains weakly regulated and is significantly off course to…