Monthly Archives: December 2019

COP25: INVESTORS URGE GOVERNMENTS TO STEP UP CLIMATE AMBITION

631 institutional investors managing more than $37 trillion in assets urged governments to step up efforts to tackle the global climate crisis in a statement issued on Monday at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP25). The Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change, developed by the seven founding partners …

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TOXIC WHITE FOAM WASHES UP ON INDIAN BEACH, AND PEOPLE DON’T KNOW TO STAY AWAY

10 DEC 2019 A menacing white foam covered one of India’s most famous beaches in Chennai for the fourth straight day on Monday, creating a new pollution hazard for the country. Children have been playing and taking selfies in the clouds of white suds on Marina Beach, even though they …

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BABIES ARE PREDICTED TO BE BORN EARLIER IN THE EXTREME HEAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE

09 DEC 2019 When it comes to pregnancy and babies, the closer to full-term the better. Compared to full-term pregnancies, we know that near-term babies have a higher risk of medical problems soon after birth, and lower cognitive outcomes later in childhood. So, with that in mind, we have some bad news. Researchers …

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CARRIERS MUST TRAIN CREWS FOR IMO 2020 OR RISK CRIMINALITY, WARNS SEAFARER UNION

08 DEC 2019 Seafarer representatives are increasingly worried that the forthcoming IMO 2020 low-sulphur regulations could result in a spate of criminal convictions. Seafarer union Nautilus International said a recent case involving a P&O Cruises vessel in the North Europe special emission control area (SEVA), which extends from the Channel …

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SPACEX GETS ITS OWN AIS AIDS TO NAVIGATION MARKERS

07 DEC 2019 Satellite launch contractor SpaceX will soon be using its own private AIS aids to navigation (ATON) to mark the temporary exclusion areas it uses during rocket launches at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is the first official Coast Guard approval for a “dynamic” restricted area. SpaceX’s operations at …

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HOW FINANCE CAN HELP PROTECT THE WORLD’S OCEAN RESOURCES

06 DEC 2019 Can finance contribute to seafood sustainability? This is an increasingly relevant question given the projected growth of seafood demand and the magnitude of social and environmental issues associated with its production. Since the 1960s, aquaculture has been the world’s fastest-growing food sector. Rates of fish consumption have …

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TEN TRENDS TO BRING HUMANITY “TECHNOLOGICAL BLISS”

05 DEC 2019 A new report from DNV GL has identified 10 technology trends, and their associated risks, that will shape industry and society in the coming decade. The rapid advancement of digitalization is behind many of the trends. The relationship between humans and technology is switching, with humans increasingly …

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TANZANIA PUSHES BACK ON CHINESE PORT PROJECT

01 DEC 2019 China’s Maritime Silk Road ambitions suffered a setback after Tanzanian officials refused to budge over stalled negotiations to build what would be the largest deep-water port in Africa. Initially agreed to in 2013, the terms of the agreement remain a point of contention between Tanzanian President John …

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