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November 20, 2014
Worldwide ship traffic up 300 percent since 1992
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2014
Maritime traffic on the world's oceans has increased four-fold over the past 20 years, likely causing more water, air and noise pollution on the open seas, according to a new study quantifying global ship traffic. The research used satellite data to estimate the number of vessels on the ocean every year between 1992 and 2012. The number of ships traversing the oceans grew by 60 percent between 1992 and 2002. Shipping traffic grew even faster during the second decade of the study, peaking at rate o ... read more

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China wins APEC support for free trade 'roadmap'
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'Milestone' Hong Kong, Shanghai stock link to launch
A trading link between Hong Kong and Shanghai's stock exchanges will start on November 17 after weeks of delays, the Hong Kong exchange announced Monday, in a move that is expected to lead to billions of dollars in daily transactions. ... more
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APEC cautiously supports China-backed free-trade zone
A Pacific Rim summit on Saturday voiced cautious support for a vast free-trade zone proposal being pushed by China in the face of reported resistance from the United States, which is promoting its own regional trade pact. ... more
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Australia keen on China-backed infrastructure bank
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APEC leaders meet amid rival trade proposals, tensions
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Hong Kong lawmakers demand inquiry into city leader
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