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Wed Apr 7, 2021, 09:00 PM

Northwest seaports announce plan to cut all emissions by 2050

The Northwest Ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, British Columbia, say they’re eliminating emissions by 2050 -- a goal noted as the ceiling, not the floor, meaning there’s hopes to move as quickly as technology and laws allow.

It’s a goal that may be lofty, or too slow, depending on who you’re speaking to.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said the world must cut emissions to net-zero by 2050 to avoid the world warming by 1.5 degrees -- such a scenario would lead to storms, flood, drought and forest fires with increasing severity due to climate change.

To cut out emissions northwest seaports will have to continue changes they’ve implemented, and go further. The renewed strategy goes far beyond goals set in 2007 and 2013. Back then the goal was to cut greenhouse gas emissions and diesel particulate matter by specific percentages -- now the goal is to cut them out completely.


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