Geopolitics: Another step in global clean-up

The rules will mean lower emissions in new ships (Photo:dpa)
The rules will mean lower emissions in new ships (Photo:dpa)

A major step has been taken to protect the environment by controlling emissions from shipping. Tough talking has meant worldwide agreement and new laws from 2013. GIS expert, Professor Colleen Graffy, explains what this means.

A LITTLE-KNOWN specialised agency of the United Nations has just made big news.

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The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has established the first mandatory global greenhouse gas reductions regime for shipping – the first for an international industry sector. Now attention is likely to turn to the aviation industry to do the same.

Shipping and aviation emissions were left out of the 1997 Ky...

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