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5 Apr 2017
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Arctic

Arctic ice melting to cause trillion-dollar damage

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According to a new study, if the warming of the Arctic continues at the same pace, the ice melt could cost the world trillions of dollars by 2100, along with profound impacts on human health and safety. It is estimated that the cumulative cost of the changes unfolding in the Arctic could range from $7 trillion to $90 trillion.

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Oil spill response weaknesses reported in Arctic

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WWF-Canada reported that major weaknesses in response preparedness mean remote Arctic communities face an almost certain environmental catastrophe in the event of an Arctic shipping oil spill. Heavy fuel oil is the standard marine fuel for large ships and also one of the world’s most polluting fuels, and the most difficult to clean up.

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US Congressman introduces Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling act

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A day after President Trump’s Executive Order designed to expand coal, oil, and gas leasing on public lands, Congressman Jared Huffman reintroduced the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act, a bill that would make the Arctic Ocean off-limits to any future drilling proposals by prohibiting any new or renewed leases for the exploration of oil in the Arctic Ocean.

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Shipping in the Arctic continues to grow

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During the International Arctic Forum, Evgeniy Ambrosov, SCF Group, referred to challenges concerning the commercial shipping in the Arctic, which continues to grow rapidly and stressed the importance of working with the highest possible standards of environmental safety.

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IMO Sec-Gen talks on Polar Code developments

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Attending the Senior Arctic Officials Meeting in Juneau, Alaska,on 8-9 March, IMO Secretary General, Kitack Lim, noted the great controversy between economic development and increasing commercial activity in the Arctic region and highlighted the importance of good collaboration between IMO and the Arctic Council in Polar Code development.

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EU’s vote calls for heavy fuel oil ban

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On March 16th, the lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, made a call on the Commission and the Member States to actively facilitate the ban on the use of heavy fuel oil and carriage as ship fuel, in vessels navigating the Arctic seas, through MARPOL of IMO.

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IMO highlights Polar Code importance

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IMO announced that Polar Code took centre stage at the Arctic Council in Juneau, Alaska,on 8-9 March, where IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, delivered a speech on the importance of the Code and highlighted the safety of seafarers and the environmental protection as key elements of the Code.

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