Environmental Impacts of International Shipping
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Environmental Impacts of International Shipping

The Role of Ports

While efficient ports are vital to the economic development of their surrounding areas, the related ship traffic, the handling of the goods in the ports and the hinterland distribution can cause a number of negative environmental impacts.  

This book examines the environmental impacts of international maritime transport, and looks more in detail at the impacts stemming from near-port shipping activities, the handling of the goods in the ports and from the distribution of the goods to the surrounding regions. It focuses on five ports: Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, the United States; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Port Metro Vancouver, Canada; and Busan, Korea. 

The book provides examples of the environmental problems related to port activities (such as air pollution and emissions of greenhouse gases, water pollution, noise, spread of invasive species, etc.) and highlights a number of different policy instruments that can be used to limit the negative impacts. It is a valuable resource for policy makers and researchers alike. 

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This chapter provides some context for the subsequent chapters. Activity levels in the world’s largest ports are compared, and the main negative externalities related to near-port shipping, the handling of goods in the ports and the transport to and from the ports’ hinterlands are outlined. Some main conclusions of the project are also drawn.
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