L.A.-Long Beach ports approve truck fee too low to clean smog, groups charge

L.A.-Long Beach ports approve truck fee too low to clean smog, groups charge

March 9,2020– LA Times

Los Angeles and Long Beach officials voted Monday to impose a modest fee on shipping containers moving through the nation’s largest port complex, in a first step toward helping truckers replace their diesel vehicles with lower-polluting models.

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L.A.-Long Beach ports approve truck fee too low to clean smog, groups charge

L.A, Long Beach Port approves truck fee too low to clean smog, groups charge

March 9,2020–L.A Times

Los Angeles and Long Beach officials voted Monday to impose a modest fee on shipping containers moving through the nation’s largest port complex, in a first step toward helping truckers replace their diesel vehicles with lower-polluting models.The decision by harbor commissioners, which followed hours of public testimony at a joint hearing in Long Beach, was a disappointment to environmentalists, community groups and air quality officials. They criticized the fee as insufficient to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets and said it will do little to reduce health damage in communities across Southern California that suffer from some of the nation’s worst-polluted air.

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L.A., Long Beach ports approve fee in push toward cleaner trucks

L.A., Long Beach ports approve fee in push toward cleaner trucks

March 9,2020–DailyBreeze.com

Officials on Monday, March 9, moved forward with plans to charge what will amount to a $20 per-load cargo fee to meet a 2035 zero-emissions goal for the truck fleet that serves the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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UK port marks charity climate initiative

UK port marks charity climate initiative

March 9,2020–GreenPort.com

A UK port will mark WWF’s Earth Hour with an ‘All Electric Day’, dedicated to promoting ways to reduce carbon emissions.Portsmouth International Port’s terminal building will host a free event on 28 March focusing on various ways to switch to electric energy in support of WWF’s Earth Hour, when the world switches off its lights at 8:30pm as a call for action to the climate crisis.

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Floating battery offers clean energy at port

Floating battery offers clean energy at Port

March 5,2020– GreenPort.com

A European port has teamed up with an energy supplier to cut emissions and noise by pioneering a mobile floating battery service at the port.The Port of Amsterdam and Skoon Energy, which operates a platform that enables mobile battery sharing, launched the silent battery, which is placed on a barge and powered by local, renewable energy, with the expectation that it will help alleviate demand on and balance the electricity grid. Because it is placed on a barge, the battery can deliver electricity anyplace close to water.

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CORONA VIRUS COULD DELAY PORT PROJECT

CORONA VIRUS COULD DELAY PORT PROJECT

March 5, 2020- PORTSTRATEGY.COM

Coronavirus (COVID-19) could delay major projects in Singapore, which include a new port, the country’s transport minister has warned. The Tuas Terminal mega port is due to commence its first phase of operations in 2021, however, Khaw Boon Wan said that if the outbreak carries on the supply chains for projects in the country could be impacted, reported the Straits Times.

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Air pollution is killing more people than smoking

Air pollution is killing more people than smoking

March 3rd, 2020–TheNews.com

The results reveal that, globally, 2.9 years of life expectancy on average are lost because of outdoor air pollution – a bigger toll than tobacco smoking (2.2 years lost), violence (0.3 years lost), HIV/Aids (0.7 years lost) and diseases spread by parasites and other vectors (0.6 years lost).Outdoor air pollutants causes about 8.8 million early deaths a year worldwide. However, a global study published in the Cardivascular Research Journal has revealed that life expectancy can improve:

  • If all controllable air pollution is cut, global life expectancy could rise by more than 20 months.
  • If fossil fuel emissions are cut to zero, more than a year of life expectancy could be clawed back.

Should avoidable outdoor air pollution be cut, the team adds, more than 5.5m early deaths globally could be avoided every year.

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U.S. Ports Likely to See Slump in Cargo Volume From Coronavirus

U.S. Ports Likely to See Slump in Cargo Volume From Coronavirus

March 3, 2020 –WallStreetJournal.com

Many U.S. ports are expected to handle 20% less cargo this quarter as fewer shipments from China make their way to America as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, according to the American Association of Port Authorities. As Chinese factories struggle to ramp up production, containership operators have canceled nearly 60 trans-Pacific sailings to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., in the first quarter, according to the ports, which together comprise the largest U.S. gateway for seaborne trade.

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