"Shipping is the elephant in climate negotiations room"

A new EU report points out that shipping's share of global CO2 emissions will rise significantly by 2050 if the industry is not included in the climate agreement expected to emerge from COP21. NGO calls shipping the elephant in the climate negotiation room.

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If shipping is not included in the global climate agreement set to be negotiated when the UN climate panel meets in Paris this December for COP21, the sector's share of global CO2 emissions will increase to 17 percent, according to a report published by the European Parliament in November 2015.

The report also shows where shipping and aviation in 2020 are expected to emit 12 percent more CO2 than in 2005, the sector's CO2 emissions by 2050 should be between 63 and 98 percent lower than the 2005 level in order for the emissions to be compatible with the goal of keeping the global temperature increase below two degrees Celsius.

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