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Alarming climate report touches a raw nerve on LNG use

Container carriers doubled the number of LNG-powered vessels in the first six months of the year despite global warnings on rising methane pollution, one source of which is LNG. Recently, the IPCC report spotlighted methane as a serious climate threat.

CMA CGM vessel Jacques Saade. | Photo: PR/CMA CGM

Methane gas emissions pose the most serious threat to the climate after carbon emissions, according to a new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which touches a raw nerve on the use of LNG in shipping.

The IPCC published its report this week, drawing widespread global attention. The report concludes that "CO2 remains by far the most important positive anthropogenic driver, with methane as next most significant" factor in global warming.

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