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Activists Protest Over Ship Pollution At Maritime Meet By AFP News 07/03/23 AT 11:23 AM EDT

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The International Maritime Organization will examine the possibility of a carbon tax on the shipping industry as environmental advocates protested outside their headquarters in London on Monday. Hundreds of demonstrators, some dressed as jellyfish, voiced their concern of the effect of the high-polluting cargo ships on climate change chanting “clean freight now” to show their support in protecting the planet.

Ninety-five percent of global goods are transported by ships relying mainly on diesel power, which produces a considerable amount of carbon dioxide emissions already exceeding that of the aviation industry. The IMO, in response, made a retrospective structured target in 2018 – a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050 in comparison to 2008 levels – which environmental campaigners argue does not go far enough.

Rich nations and Pacific island states, particularly vulnerable to its effects, will call for better measures to counter climate change and for those attending the week-long Marine Environment Protection Commission to consider means to tax pollution caused by the shipping sector.

In order to see results, agreements should be demanded from world-wide corporations to lower their carbon output, aligning their practices with that of aviation, committed to achieving carbon neutrality.

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