European Parliament Wants Major Emissions Cuts

By MarEx 2015-10-15 10:54:44

With the U.N.’s climate talks set for December, the European Parliament is voting for more cuts in in shipping and aviation emissions. The European Parliament wants the E.U. and its member states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent over 15 years.

In a statement it said: “Parliament points out that transport is the second-largest sector generating greenhouse gas emissions and calls on the parties to COP21 to work through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on measures to cut emissions before the end of 2016.”

The European Parliament’s release comes after the International Transportation Forum (ITF) stated that it favored a carbon tax for shipping in order to cut emissions.

ITF, a think-tank affiliated with the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), has suggested a carbon tax of about $25 per ton of CO2. Additionally, it wants operators should aim to reduce carbon emissions by half over the next 35 years and completely by 2080.

ITF also said that the impact on maritime trade would be marginal if the tax were set at around USD25 per ton of CO2. The receipts from the carbon tax could provide resources for the Green Climate Fund.

In a September statement, IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu said: “I believe IMO is the only place to take this debate forward. Indeed, this was already recognised in the Kyoto Protocol, where IMO was designated as the agency to deal with greenhouse gas emissions from shipping – a responsibility that it has diligently and successfully undertaken.”

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Four Killed During Migrant Rescue Operation

By MarEx 2015-10-15 10:50:42

A woman and three children drowned after their wooden boat collided with a Greek coast guard vessel during a migrant rescue operation north of the Aegean island of Lesbos. Lesbos has been a main entry point for migrants fleeing from the Turkish coast.

Early reports from the Greek Coast Guard stated that 31 people had been rescued but there were at least eight missing. The migrant boat sank following the collision.

Greece’s eastern islands, particularly Lesbos, have dealt with the largest influx of migrants as more than 400,000 thousand refugees and migrants crossed from Turkey to Greece in the first nine months of the year. Earlier this week, Greece said it had no plans to conduct joint sea patrols with Turkey.

According to the E.U. Border Control Agency, the number arrivals in the first nine months of 2015 is more than two times higher than the entirety of 2014.

The majority of people crossing the Mediterranean this year have landed in Italy and Greece. Most of the migrants rescued by Greek officials have been Syrian.

European leaders are holding talks in Brussels this week to discuss how to cope with the continent’s largest migration crisis since World War Two.

Italian Navy Recovers 118 Bodies

Italy’s navy recovered 118 bodies in a four-month operation on the wreck of a fishing boat that sank in April with up to 800 migrants on board.

It laid a wreath on the deck of the sunken vessel with the help of a robotic arm.

The shipwreck, believed to be the most deadly in the Mediterranean in decades, became a symbol of Europe’s migration crisis and prompted the European Union to expand its rescue mission off the Libyan coast.

The technical analysis of the 65-foot shipwreck is complete, opening the way for the recovery of the vessel as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged to do.

Bodies were recovered from the seabed around the ship, but many more may still be trapped below deck.

The overcrowded fishing boat capsized and sank as it approached a merchant ship that had come to its aid.

In June, the navy began using remote-controlled submersibles to bring up bodies from around the wreck, which is about 85 miles north of Libya at a depth of about 1,214.

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Seven Killed During Migrant Rescue Operation

By MarEx 2015-10-15 10:50:42

A woman and three children drowned after their wooden boat collided with a Greek coast guard vessel during a migrant rescue operation north of the Aegean island of Lesbos. Lesbos has been a main entry point for migrants fleeing from the Turkish coast.

Early reports from the Greek Coast Guard stated that 31 people had been rescued but there were at least eight missing. The migrant boat sank following the collision.

Greece’s eastern islands, particularly Lesbos, have dealt with the largest influx of migrants as more than 400,000 thousand refugees and migrants crossed from Turkey to Greece in the first nine months of the year. Earlier this week, Greece said it had no plans to conduct joint sea patrols with Turkey.

According to the E.U. Border Control Agency, the number arrivals in the first nine months of 2015 is more than two times higher than the entirety of 2014.

The majority of people crossing the Mediterranean this year have landed in Italy and Greece. Most of the migrants rescued by Greek officials have been Syrian.

European leaders are holding talks in Brussels this week to discuss how to cope with the continent’s largest migration crisis since World War Two.

Italian Navy Recovers 118 Bodies

Italy’s navy recovered 118 bodies in a four-month operation on the wreck of a fishing boat that sank in April with up to 800 migrants on board.

It laid a wreath on the deck of the sunken vessel with the help of a robotic arm.

The shipwreck, believed to be the most deadly in the Mediterranean in decades, became a symbol of Europe’s migration crisis and prompted the European Union to expand its rescue mission off the Libyan coast.

The technical analysis of the 65-foot shipwreck is complete, opening the way for the recovery of the vessel as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged to do.

Bodies were recovered from the seabed around the ship, but many more may still be trapped below deck.

The overcrowded fishing boat capsized and sank as it approached a merchant ship that had come to its aid.

In June, the navy began using remote-controlled submersibles to bring up bodies from around the wreck, which is about 85 miles north of Libya at a depth of about 1,214.

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Seven Killed During Migrant Rescue

By MarEx 2015-10-15 10:50:42

A woman and three children drowned after their wooden boat collided with a Greek coast guard vessel during a migrant rescue operation north of the Aegean island of Lesbos. Lesbos has been a main entry point for migrants fleeing from the Turkish coast.

Early reports from the Greek Coast Guard stated that 31 people had been rescued but there were at least eight missing. The migrant boat sank following the collision.

Greece’s eastern islands, particularly Lesbos, have dealt with the largest influx of migrants as more than 400,000 thousand refugees and migrants crossed from Turkey to Greece in the first nine months of the year. Earlier this week, Greece said it had no plans to conduct joint sea patrols with Turkey.

According to the E.U. Border Control Agency, the number arrivals in the first nine months of 2015 is more than two times higher than the entirety of 2014.

The majority of people crossing the Mediterranean this year have landed in Italy and Greece. Most of the migrants rescued by Greek officials have been Syrian.

European leaders are holding talks in Brussels this week to discuss how to cope with the continent’s largest migration crisis since World War Two.

Italian Navy Recovers 118 Bodies

Italy’s navy recovered 118 bodies in a four-month operation on the wreck of a fishing boat that sank in April with up to 800 migrants on board.

It laid a wreath on the deck of the sunken vessel with the help of a robotic arm.

The shipwreck, believed to be the most deadly in the Mediterranean in decades, became a symbol of Europe’s migration crisis and prompted the European Union to expand its rescue mission off the Libyan coast.

The technical analysis of the 65-foot shipwreck is complete, opening the way for the recovery of the vessel as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged to do.

Bodies were recovered from the seabed around the ship, but many more may still be trapped below deck.

The overcrowded fishing boat capsized and sank as it approached a merchant ship that had come to its aid.

In June, the navy began using remote-controlled submersibles to bring up bodies from around the wreck, which is about 85 miles north of Libya at a depth of about 1,214.

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U.S. Won’t Seek Additional $92 Million for Exxon Valdez Spill

By Reuters 2015-10-15 09:57:16

U.S. and Alaska state officials announced on Wednesday they will no longer seek an additional $92 million from Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay for environmental cleanup and restoration stemming from the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill nearly three decades ago.

In court documents filed on Wednesday, the state of Alaska and U.S. Justice Department said they were dropping remaining judicial action and would no longer seek the additional money from Exxon due to the recovery of several species, including ducks and sea otters, living in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.

“Although we will not be pursuing Exxon for additional damages, our decision today does not close the book on lingering oil,” Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards said in a statement.

The tanker Valdez ran aground in March, 1989, dumping about 11 million gallons, or 260,000 barrels, oof crude oil into the icy waters off the southern coast of Alaska. The spill was at the time the largest ever in U.S. waters, and one of the worst human-caused environmental disasters.

Over the following months, the oil slick spread over 1,300 miles (2,092 km) of Alaska’s rocky, pristine coast, killing or injuring more than two dozen types of animals, plants, and marine habitats in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, environmental officials said.

In a sweeping 1991 settlement, the oil giant was ordered to pay $900 million in civil damages and $125 million in criminal fines and restitution.

In 2006, state and federal officials requested Exxon pay an additional $92 million under a special “reopener” provision to fund cleanup stemming from long-term damages.

The company has refused to pay this amount, maintaining that despite lingering oil in Prince William Sound, the environment has recovered and cleanup was successful.

A call to Exxon seeking comment about the decision by state and federal officials to drop the pursuit of the additional payout was not immediately returned.

Last year, a report issued by the U.S. Geological Survey said that sea otters in the most affected parts of Prince William Sound have recovered to their pre-spill numbers. Thousands were killed in the aftermath of the tanker running aground.

The slow pace of recovery for the otters was likely due to their ongoing exposure to oil, the study found.

The filing late Wednesday came ahead of a planned status hearing in the U.S. District Court in Anchorage on Thursday.

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