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CO2 output from shipping twice as much as airlines | Environment | The Guardian

Carbon dioxide emissions from shipping are double those of aviation and increasing at an alarming rate which will have a serious impact on global warming, according to research by the industry and European academics.

Separate studies suggest that maritime carbon dioxide emissions are not only higher than previously thought, but could rise by as much as 75% in the next 15 to 20 years if world trade continues to grow and no action is taken. The figures from the oil giant BP, which owns 50 tankers, and researchers at the Institute for Physics and Atmosphere in Wessling, Germany reveal that annual emissions from shipping range between 600 and 800m tonnes of carbon dioxide, or up to 5% of the global total. This is nearly double Britain's total emissions and more than all African countries combined.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Oct 24th, 2007 at 01:06:49 PM EST
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does anyone know what the CO2 output is of 1 kg/km for transport by container ship vs transport by airplane?

Or a (different) metric that compares CO2 two fairly between the two?

by Nomad on Wed Oct 24th, 2007 at 01:47:23 PM EST
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because ships are allowed to burn the dirtiest kind of fuels - the cheap, bottom of the barrel stuff.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 24th, 2007 at 02:43:00 PM EST
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The CO2 emissions of international shipping, like those of international aviation, are not regulated under Kyoto or any other agreement.

I think the increase can mainly be ascribed to globalisation. Globalisation is much hyped, it's true, but one area where it does take place (as a process, not an end-state) is trade in goods. Goods, overwhelmingly, are shipped.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Oct 24th, 2007 at 03:01:33 PM EST
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But how much of the top-of-the-barrel "cleaner" stuff is there going to be in the future?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Oct 24th, 2007 at 03:07:15 PM EST
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