IMO listens to Members of European Parliament to act to reduce shipping emissions

By Alexander Whiteman

MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) have told the International Maritime Organization there can be no exceptions or exemptions in the fight against climate change and are demanding immediate action to cut shipping emissions. In an open letter to EU member states and the IMO, MEPS from Croatia, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden say that despite shipping creating emissions equal to all of those created in the Netherlands, it remains the only sector not included in the European commitment to the Paris Agreement. (more…)

As IMO targets are questioned, what is the truth about shipping emissions?

By Alexander Whiteman

So what is the truth about shipping emissions?

The IMO has decided to cut 2008 levels of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by at least 50 per cent by 2050 – but not all in the industry are convinced. A recent comment piece in Splash 24/7, by First International Chairman Paul Slater, questioned shipping’s role in climate change, calling the IMO’s proposed plan “fatuous, unrealistic and unnecessary”. He wrote: “The CO2 issue has been grossly overstated…It has been shown that [shipping’s] CO2 is absorbed by seawater without damaging results”. He also claimed to The Loadstar that there was no evidence that polar ice was melting. (more…)

Cold cargo prospects in B.C. encounter environmental worries

Cold cargo prospects in B.C. encounter environmental worries

By Keith Norbury

B.C.’s biggest export of chilled cargo — farmed salmon — and a proposal to build’s Canada’s largest container terminal, with storage for 1,628 reefers, are running into opposition from environmentalists.

A recent Environment Canada report outlining a threat to sandpipers from the proposed $2 billion Roberts Bank Terminal 2 “struck a potential death blow” to the project, the Vancouver Sun reported in February. Meanwhile in March, Washington State passed legislation to phase out ocean net-pen farming of Atlantic salmon by 2025 — a move cheered by salmon farming opponents such as activist and researcher Alexandra Morton. Proponents of Terminal 2 and B.C. salmon farming don’t appear too worried about those threats, however. (more…)

Canada’s steel sector steps back from the brink

It has been a wild time for Canada’s steel sector, set alight earlier this spring by US President Donald Trump’s announcement of potential new import tariffs on steel and aluminum.

In Hamilton, Canada’s steel city, threats to the sector are felt acutely. Approximately 10,000 individuals in Hamilton are directly employed in primary manufacturing or fabricating. (more…)

Churchill’s future up in the air but remains perpetually promising

Churchill’s future up in the air but remains perpetually promising

By Keith Norbury

Churchill Home Building Centre put in a big order for about $1 million of stock early this spring in anticipation of a good year, said Dale De Meulles, a lifelong resident of the remote Manitoba town who co-owns the store with his wife Rhoda.

Buoying his optimism were a flood of inquiries from customers in even more remote communities in Nunavut to buy much of that stock. The good news was that the store received its stock before severe flooding in late May wiped out sections of the Hudson Bay Railway, the sole land-link connecting Churchill with the rest of the continent. The bad news is none of those inquiries from Nunavut turned into orders. As Rhoda De Meulles explained, the northern customers didn’t bother sending barges to Churchill because the railway wouldn’t be able to deliver their other supplies. Instead, those Nunavut communities turned to shippers in Montreal.

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OPINION: Further possible unintended consequences

By Theo van de Kletersteeg

As is explained in the adjoining article, business and personal relationships among North Americans will likely be among the casualties of a NAFTA renegotiation process that fails or that produces unsatisfactory results.

In many respects Canada has taken open U.S. borders and free trade for granted. By and large, Canadians were able to move across the border with very little formality. However, ever since 9/11 and the creation of Homeland Security, things have become more difficult, little by little. Admittedly, when it appeared that business began to be affected negatively, bi-lateral discussions were successfully conducted to ease restrictions and facilitate the movement of goods and people.

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