The container ship Murcia MaerskJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images
Shipping is a bigger contributor to climate change than aviation, and remains one of the few sectors where emissions are growing instead of falling. It has yet to find a sure-fire way to decarbonise. Last week might mark the beginning of a turning point. On 24 August, Maersk, the world’s biggest shipping company, said it had ordered eight ships capable of running on both normal oil-based fuel and a type of alcohol, methanol.
These won’t be the first ships running on methanol – there are …

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