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Shipping, aviation 2030 climate goals too weak, research finds

(Reuters, 25 Jun 2020) The shipping industry is already likely to exceed its own 2030 climate target and emissions are expected to soar above its 2050 goal.

The international shipping and aviation sectors' 2030 climate targets are too weak and their emissions are on course to reach dangerous levels despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, research showed on Wednesday.

To limit the temperature rise to safe levels, global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions need to be reduced to net zero by 2050. Shipping and aviation accounted for around 5% of all emissions before the COVID-19 outbreak and are expected to contribute 40% by 2050.

Climate Action Tracker, a collaboration between German-based Climate Analytics and the New Climate Institute, measures government action against a globally agreed aim to limit warming to safe levels.

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Reuters, 25 Jun 2020: Shipping, aviation 2030 climate goals too weak, research finds