A one day Seas At Risk conference on Climate and the Oceans ended today with a clear and urgent signal to the shipping & fishing industries that they must do more to reduce their GHG emissions and help tackle climate change.

The conference heard a series of scientists describe how climate change was impacting on the marine environment. They included Dr Keith Brander and Prof. Jürgen Willebrand, both lead authors for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent 4th Assessment Report.

A one day Seas At Risk conference on Climate and the Oceans ended today with a clear and urgent signal to the shipping & fishing industries that they must do more to reduce their GHG emissions and help tackle climate change.

The conference heard a series of scientists describe how climate change was impacting on the marine environment. They included Dr Keith Brander and Prof. Jürgen Willebrand, both lead authors for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent 4th Assessment Report.

After presentations describing the seriousness of the impacts faced by the marine environment, the conference looked at the scale of the problem and the cuts in GHG emissions that are necessary if climate change is to be kept below levels that could cause serious and irreversible harm. This set the scene for consideration of the role to be played by the maritime industries in climate change mitigation.

Scientists, representatives of the European Commission and of the shipping and fishing industries talked about the scale and nature of emissions from these two industries, the current state of regulation in these areas, and at a number of technical and regulatory options for reducing GHG emissions in these sectors. The presentations made it clear that while political challenges exist, there is enormous potential for both of these industries to play a full part in the regional and global action that is required to avoid dangerous climate change.

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