National Port News and Trends
Air quality warning issued for Beaumont-Port Arthur area
September 8, 2021– Chron.com
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued an ozone action day for the Beaumont-Port Arthur area for Thursday, September 9. The agency predicts that conditions through the day will likely produce high levels of ozone air pollution, or smog, through the region that can be dangerous for people with chronic conditions, and can cause acute breathing problems when people inhale high concentrations of it over several hours.
New Study Shows how Air Pollution Varies Block by Block
September 7, 2021 — BerkeleyPublicHealth.com
The amount of air pollution in a community depends greatly on its proximity to emission sources, such as automobiles, factories, and power plants. Now, a group of researchers — led by Joshua Apte, UC Berkeley assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in the School of Public Health — has shown that levels of air pollution vary not only by region, such as between urban and rural areas but by city block. Their results, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), expanded on the authors’ previous research by detailing the racial and ethnic disparities in air pollution, which showed that areas with high levels of air pollution tend to be populated by people of color.
Total Container Volume in June Increases Nearly 50% From Previous Year
August 9, 2021 — PortBreakingWaves.com
The streak of record-breaking volume continued in June at the Port of New York and New Jersey, with June’s total volume numbers nearly doubling the numbers posted in June 2020. Total volume rose by 46.6 percent in June with 749,400 TEUs (415,813 lifts) compared to 511,306 TEUs (290,454 lifts) the previous year. This record-breaking monthly number brings our year through June total to 4,395,072 TEUs (2,440,039 lifts). Imports and exports also posted substantial gains in June. Imports totaled 388,449 TEUs (216,099 lifts) versus 266,836 TEUs (151,922 lifts) in June 2020, a 45.6 percent increase. From January through June 2021, imports at the Port of New York and New Jersey reached 2,254,028 TEUs (1,259,463 lifts) compared to 1,718,958 TEUs (979,092 lifts) in the same period of 2020, a 31.1 percent increase.