That’s the best way I can describe the three sessions I’ve attended at London International Shipping Week 2017 so far. Panellists at events run by Lloyds List, Lloyd’s Register and the International Chamber of Shipping have been quick to score an easy win by branding climate change a serious threat. No-one, after all, wants to come across like a mini climate-denying Trump, especially after the carnage inflicted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.
On a scale of diplomatic blunders, organising an international coal conference at the same time as a UN climate summit appears to be fairly substantial. Coal is the most polluting of fossil fuels, which makes the Polish Ministry of Economy’s decision to host the International Coal and Climate conference from November 18-19 appear curious.
We had a glimpse this week as Hurricane Harvey shut down ports across the US Gulf Coast. Energy hub Houston closed for business as winds and rain hit the town. The port’s twitter feed announced all operations were on hold due to flooding. With ports at Galveston and Corpus Christi also closed, the ripple impacts are likely to be severe — especially for the oil and gas sector. Many ports will also require dredging, reports Forbes.
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