Re: [C-L] Walking Lightly
From: stuart robinson (
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 23:44:18 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Brian,

I just wanted to add two websites I found using the google search terms
'ports smog air pollution cancer' ; and a quote from the latter.

' In total, marine vessels in the ports emit more than 47 tons per day of
smog-forming nitrogen oxides. That is more than one-fifth the amount emitted
by all of the region¹s cars. It is also nearly equal to the total nitrogen
oxide emissions from the top 350 emitting industrial facilities in the
region, including all power plants and refineries.

Ships burn some of the dirtiest fuel in the world, containing up to 20,000
parts per million of sulfur. That is 40 times more than the amount allowed
in diesel fuel for trucks and other equipment in California.'

Stuart Robinson

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From: Kerry Strayton (
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 17:33:43 -0700 (PDT)
Hi, Brian - The pollution caused by shipping in Vancouver, British  Columbia
is a major problem. A half of all heavy particulate pollution  in the city
caused by the heavy fuel oil burned by cargo ships and  passenger cruise
  Kerry Strayton

From: Brian Bartholomew [mailto:bb [at]]
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2007 4:19 AM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ 50+ and affordable

The true resource cost of ocean shipping may be close to negligible
relative to the value of what's shipped.
Today, transport costs account for about 1 percent of the
final price of consumer goods, making country of origin
largely an afterthought in purchasing decisions.

True, that 1% doesn't count air pollution.  But it's a big ocean and
there may not be that much air pollution.  How many harbors have a
smog problem?

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