True scale of emissions from shipping revealed

Greenhouse-gas emissions from shipping are nearly three times higher than previously believed and are set to rise further, the Guardian reported a leaked UN study as saying on Wednesday.

Annual emissions from the world’s merchant fleet, the report said, have already reached 1.12 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, almost
4.5% of all global emissions of the climate-warming gas.

Carbon dioxide emissions from shipping, the report warns, may rise by a further 30% by 2020. Sulphur and soot emissions are expected to rise even faster over the same period.

Shipping is not taken into account by European targets for cutting global warming.

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