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A cargo ship discharging ballast water into the sea.

There are a number of environmental issues with shipping, including greenhouse gas emissions and oil pollution.

Carbon dioxide emissions from shipping is currently estimated at 4 to 5% of the global total, and estimated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to rise by up to 72% by 2020 if no action is taken.[1]

The First Intersessional Meeting of the IMO Working Group on Greenhouse Gas Emissions[2] from Ships took place in Oslo, Norway on 23–27 June 2008. It was tasked with developing the technical basis for the reduction mechanisms that may form part of a future IMO regime to control greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping, and a draft of the actual reduction mechanisms themselves, for further consideration by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).[3]

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Ballast water

Ballast water discharge and the environment

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