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  • Oct.26.2017: Shipping executive: ‘We have deliberately misled public on climate'. Industry veteran said lobbyists at UN shipping talks were ‘prostitutes employed by our racket to try and put one over on the general public’. Andrew Craig-Bennett said industry mockery of a report released this week that concluded lobbyists had “captured” talks at the UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) was misplaced. The NGO Influence Map released a report that exposed the degree to which these shipping registries and industry lobby groups had infiltrated the body intended to regulate them. Craig-Bennett is deputy general manager of the UK subsidiary of Chinese government-owned Cosco but stressed to Climate Home that he wrote the article in a personal capacity and not as a representative of his employers. Leaders of the Baltic and International Maritime Council (Bimco) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), disputed the findings of the study this week, saying they had not tried to derail progress on cutting emissions. Karl Mathiesen, Climate Home News.
  • Oct.23.2017: UN shipping climate talks ‘captured’ by industry lobbyists. Business interests dominate at the International Maritime Organization, analysis shows, steering it towards weak greenhouse gas emissions rules. The shipping industry has “captured” UN talks on a climate target for the sector, using its clout to delay and weaken emissions curbs. That is the conclusion of a report by business lobbying watchdog Influence Map on the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The study was released to coincide with a meeting of an IMO working group on greenhouse gases on Monday. “The research proves almost conclusively that the shipping industry has been lobbying aggressively in the UN against climate change regulations,” Ben Youriev, an author of the report, told Climate Home. “They have completely captured policymaking bodies at the IMO.” Perhaps the most striking discovery is the extent to which business interests infiltrate national delegations. Researchers found 31 out of 100 member states at the last IMO environmental committee meeting brought representatives from business. Five national delegations were led by commercial flag registries, not govt officials. As an example of its sway, Influence Map points to last October’s environment meeting, when 13 countries explicitly endorsed the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) proposal. In the end, member states adopted a timetable for setting climate targets very similar to that suggested by industry, deferring implementation of greenhouse gas curbs to 2023 at the earliest.Shipping Watch reports that industry voices are also expected to prevail at this week’s meeting, occupying a middle ground between ambitious European states and more conservative emerging economies. Megan Darby, Climate Home News.
  • Oct.2013: Inside the Secret Shipping Industry. Almost everything we own and use, at some point, travels to us by container ship, through a vast network of ocean routes and ports that most of us know almost nothing about. Journalist Rose George tours us through the world of shipping, the underpinning of consumer civilization. Rose George,
  • Oct.03.2017: Big Polluters: Ships v Cars. A number of websites have claimed that ‘15 of the largest ships emit as much pollution as all the cars in the world.’ That is a very catchy statement which gives an indication of the pollution produced by shipping containers around the world. But is it true? We look at the different types of emissions produced by container ships and cars. BBC World Service.
  • Apr.09.2009: Health risks of shipping pollution have been 'underestimated'. One giant container ship can emit almost the same amount of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50m cars, study finds. (Note: this is the original source of "15 biggest ships in the world produce more pollution than all the cars". John Vidal, The Guardian.