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This year sees China begins a greener era. According to this Quartz report, the world’s largest carbon emitter will usher in stricter environmental rules on multiple fronts. Waste imports will be scaled back – some 20 types of waste imports being banned – while nationwide charges will be applied to polluting industries. It follows comments at the tail end of 2017 from officials claiming the country wants to phase out fossil fuels and position itself as a global environmental leader. For shipping, there will likely be a sizeable impact, with countries needing to find other destinations for their unwanted waste.

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