Pollution

Government, Technology

New England Governors Abandon Pact to Reduce Transportation Pollution

Charlie Baker Charlie Baker by Elise Amendola — Associated Press

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is abandoning his administration’s ambitious plan to create a multistate compact aimed at dramatically reducing transportation pollution after the deal failed to gain traction in other states.

Steve LeBlanc | Associated Press
November 24, 2021
Business, Fuel

Energy Crunch Drives Carbon to Record as Europe Burns Coal

Energy Crunch Drives Carbon to Record as Europe Burns Coal A conveyor bridge operates at the Jaenschwalde open-cast lignite mine, near the Jaenschwalde lignite-fired power station in Germany. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

Europe is growing increasingly reliant on coal to keep the lights on as the weather turns cold, sending the cost of polluting to a record.

November 22, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Maritime Shipping Industry, Asian Nations Object to EU Pollution Plan

Container ship Meratus Waingapu sails near Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Nov. 14. Container ship Meratus Waingapu sails near Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Nov. 14. (Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg News)

Plans to extend the world’s biggest carbon market into shipping drew criticism from the industry and Asian nations, highlighting growing conflict over Europe’s unprecedented moves to protect the environment.

Ewa Krukowska | Bloomberg News
November 30, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

Shipping Watchdog IMO Sets Rules to Curb Industry’s Pollution

Container ship Taurus, operated by Evergreen Marine Corp., sits with cargo at the Port of Hamburg in Germany on Nov. 10. Container ship Taurus, operated by Evergreen Marine Corp., sits with cargo at the Port of Hamburg in Germany on Nov. 10. (Dominik Reipka/Bloomberg News)

The organization responsible for setting global environmental standards for shipping approved rules designed to curb the industry’s carbon emissions, triggering criticism that its measures won’t do enough to help tackle climate change.

November 18, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

ATA: Trucking Sites Could See Big Effect From EPA Stormwater Proposal

Stormwater runoff Nuttanun/Getty Images

American Trucking Associations says fleets could feel the brunt of stormwater runoff regulation changes proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 9, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Tesla Hails Air-Quality Effects of Shutdowns Elon Musk Called ‘Fascist’

Pacific Coast Highway near Santa Monica, Calif. Vehicles drive in light traffic along the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, Calif., on March 19, 2020. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. said the drop in pollution during coronavirus-related shutdowns could embolden governments that already have been making plans to eventually ban vehicles that run on fossil fuels.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
June 8, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

EPA Proposes Tougher Rules to Monitor Runoff at Transportation Facilities

Stormwater runoff Getty Images

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments on proposed changes aimed at expanding and strengthening its permitting authority to regulate activities at motor freight transportation facilities, and other industrial sectors, that are often exposed to stormwater runoff.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 9, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics

IMO 2020 Could Shift Freight Patterns, Increase Costs

IANA panel SeaIntelligence Consulting's Lars Jensen (from left), Walmart's Laura Crowe, Hyundai America Shipping Agency's Lawrence Burns and J.B. Hunt Transport Services' Sarthak Verma took part in the IMO2020 panel. (Mindy Long for Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — A panel representing the shipping industry spoke about the looming International Maritime Organization mandate that will require cargo vessels to burn low-sulfur diesel, and shippers and carriers said the requirements could lead to price increases or the rerouting of freight.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Colorado Revs Toward an Electric Car Future

Interstate 70 near Colorado Springs, Colorado Interstate 70 near Colorado Springs, Co. (Getty Images)

Faced with more people driving Colorado’s increasingly clogged roads and fouling air that’s flunking federal standards, state health officials this week embraced an alternative vision — that hundreds of thousands of drivers soon, if given options, will shift to zippier electric vehicles that don’t pollute and roll 300 miles on a charge.

Bruce Finley | The Denver Post
August 15, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Shipping and Trucking Industries Gearing Up for New 2020 Ocean Vessel Fuel Mandate

Bunker fuel smoke stack Heavy, thick fuel has been used in the maritime industry for years, partly because of its low cost. However, it has been criticized for containing pollutants. (Getty Images)

Six months before ocean vessels will be required to burn low-sulfur fuel, such as diesel used in trucks, a U.S. Department of Commerce advisory committee disclosed recommendations to mitigate potential fuel shortages and price spikes.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 30, 2019

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