Article by the Clean Arctic Alliance’s Dr Sian Prior in Marine & Oceans, issue 270: “The Arctic is changing, with climate heating having a greater impact on the region than anywhere else on Earth. Not only does this create greater climatic uncertainty for those living both inside and beyond the Arctic, the loss of sea ice opens up the Arctic to new threats, such as oil spills from expanded shipping operations.”
During PPR8, IMO member states have the chance to end this stasis. By putting in place regulations that cut emissions of black carbon from shipping the Arctic, the IMO can have a rapid and effective impact on black carbon emissions.
“The region has seen comparatively little shipping traffic compared to other regions of the world, and the necessary environmental regulation to minimise the impact of increased shipping in the region is incomplete,” said Sian Prior, lead advisor at the Clean Arctic Alliance.
“Increased shipping will increase the risk of oil spills in the Arctic, but the remoteness and lack of infrastructure will make responding to an oil spill very challenging, if possible at all.”
Dr Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, speaks to Julian Marshall from BBC World on Newshour, 20 November 2020, about why the CAA believes the new International Maritime Organization ban on use and carriage of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic is a “missed opportunity”.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s proposed ban on the transport of heavy fuel oils (HFOs) through Arctic waters contains so many “outrageous” waivers and exemptions, it might even create greater environmental risks for coastal communities, says the Clean Arctic Alliance, a global group of environmental organizations.
Loopholes in the IMO’s proposed heavy fuel oil ban for ships in the Arctic slammed by NGO, study
As melting sea ice opens the Arctic to navigation, more ships are plying the loosely regulated polar waters, bringing increasing amounts of climate-warming pollution, a Reuters analysis of new shipping and fuel-consumption data shows.
Al Jazeera: Mauritius oil spill: An alarm bell for environmental safety Nick Clark, Al Jazeera, 13 August 2020: Indian Ocean […]
Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic: Inuit orgs welcome Canada’s support of heavy fuel oil ban in Arctic waters […]
Canada will support a ban on the use of heavy fuel oil by ships plying Arctic waters at the upcoming meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, Transport Canada officials announced during a teleconference call Wednesday, according to people who participated in the call.