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Nations Strike Historic Deal to Curb Shipping Emissions

  • Industry agrees to cut emissions by at least 50% by 2050
  • U.S., Russia and Saudi Arabia object to emissions proposals
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Most of the world’s nations agreed to an historic deal that for the first time will limit emissions from the global shipping industry.

After a week of negotiations at a London meeting of the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations body, envoys from 173 countries agreed to cut emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 from 2008 levels. Saudi Arabia and the U.S. both objected.