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The industry of cargo shipping handles the bulk of international trade and has made it possible to ship all sorts of goods to places around the world. Cargo ships carry tens of thousands of tons of materials, which reduces costs and increases efficiency of shipping, however this efficiency presents an array of potential environmental issues, such as shipping container spills. Governments around the world must have plans or mechanisms in place that deal with spills of large magnitudes in order to properly clean up the debris to reduce environmental impacts.

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The article “Federal government failing to put climate plan into action, environmental watchdog finds” discusses the failure of the federal government to follow through with its plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, recently stated that the federal government has failed to implement emissions-reduction plans, and regulations to limit the risks of pollution, natural disasters, forest fires, and floods.

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