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  •  You really should update this diary, because.... (5+ / 0-)

    ... the new shipping emissions regulations that go into effect nationally are addressing exactly this issue that you are writing about.

    One could actually argue that this is one of the biggest(and most unheralded) accomplishments of the Obama Administration.

    The study found that both sulfur dioxide and particulate matter declined dramatically after the ship powered down with the cleaner fuel. Sulfur dioxide went down from 49 grams of emissions per kilogram of fuel to 4.3 grams.

    “This study gives us a sense of what to expect in the future, for the people of California, the nation and even the globe,” said Daniel Lack, a chemist with NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. “It’s important to know that the imposed regulations have the expected impacts. The regulators want to know, the shipping companies want to know and so do the people.”

    The regulations that reduced the emissions from the Maersk ship are only in force off the coast of California now, but a similar, broader regulatory regimen will be in place in less than a year. In August of 2012, ships sailing into the waters surrounding North America will be subject to stronger controls than those in force globally for sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

    That so few progressives actually know about this major accomplishment is a huge failure of the both the mainstream and independent media in the U.S.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 10:34:50 AM PST

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