Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge

14 June 2012

New book - edited by UNCTAD and co-published by the UN and Earthscan - offers information and analysis on the climate change challenge from the perspective of maritime transport and trade.‚Äč

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International maritime transport is the backbone of the world globalized economy. It is a significant contributor to global CO2 emissions but also likely to be affected by wide-ranging and potentially devastating climate change impacts associated with rising sea levels and increased frequency/intensity of extreme weather events.
 
An UNCTAD edited volume on "Maritime Transport and the Climate Change challenge", has been co-published by the UN in May 2012 with Earthscan (Routledge/Taylor & Francis), one of the leading publishers in the field of environment and sustainability.
 
The book is the first of its kind, adopting a multidisciplinary approach and providing detailed insight on a range of the potential implications of climate change for this key sector of global trade.  It includes contributions from experts from academia, international organizations - such as the IMO, the UNFCCC secretariat, OECD, IEA and the World Bank -  as well as the shipping and port industries.
 
Issues covered:
 
  • The scientific background
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping
  • Potential approaches to mitigation in maritime transport
  • The state of play in terms of the relevant regulatory and institutional framework
  • Potential climate change impacts and approaches to adaptation in maritime transport
  • Relevant cross-cutting issues such as financing and investment, technology and energy
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