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Crumbling Infrastructure: Another bridge collapses in Italy

Collapsed bridge over a river

PortandTerminal.com, April 8, 2020 FLORENCE, ITALY – As if Italy doesn’t have enough trouble right now keeping badly needed supplies moving through the country. A bridge on a normally busy provincial road in northern Italy collapsed on Wednesday and one truck driver was injured, a spokesman for the fire brigade said. Fortunately, thanks to the national lockdown due to coronavirus …

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Supply Chain: Ford, GE to produce 50,000 ventilators in 100 days

Ford outdoor sign

REUTERS, March 31, 2020 DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co said on Monday it will produce 50,000 ventilators over the next 100 days at a plant in Michigan in cooperation with General Electric’s healthcare unit, and can then build 30,000 per month as needed to treat patients afflicted with the coronavirus. Ford said the simplified ventilator design, which is licensed …

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Passenger Airlines Start Shifting Idled Planes Into Freight Business – WSJ

American Airlines jet being loaded with pallets of cargo

PortandTerminal.com, March 22, 2020 NEW YORK – The Wall Street Journal is reporting (paywall) that some airlines are now putting passenger planes to work as freight-only aircraft, with main cabins empty and cargo holds filled with shipments. The tactic provides some revenue for carriers hit hard by plunging travel demand and may help ease freight bottlenecks caused by cascading cancellations of passenger …

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Air Pollution Vanishes Across China’s Industrial Heartland

People on an urban street, barely visible due to air pollution. Wearing masks to cover their mouths.

BLOOMBERG, March 1, 2020 Satellite images show major drop in nitrogen dioxide levels. Virus lockdown has affected factory output and transport. By Pete Norman, for BLOOMBERG – China’s lockdown measures to minimize further coronavirus infections have created one unexpected benefit — a dramatic improvement to the nation’s air quality. Satellites operated by NASA and the European Space Agency have detected significant drops of major airborne …

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Iran to Acquire 158 New Ships – Report

Rusty old container ship

PortandTerminal.com, February 24, 2020 TEHRAN, IRAN – The Iranian government has unveiled a massive newbuilding program in an effort to modernize the country’s fleet.  Iran plans to expand its fleet with a total of 158 new vessels, Tehran Times cited the Industry Ministry’s Supreme Maritime Council as saying. “We have the construction of 158 vessels on the agenda; about 62-70 percent of …

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JP Morgan warns climate crisis is “threat to human race” in leaked report

JP Morgan Skyscraper in New York

PortandTerminal.com, February 22, 2020 “Something will have to change at some point if the human race is going to survive.” Global carbon tax needed JP Morgan advises NEW YORK CITY – A leaked report sent by JP Morgan, one of the world’s major fossil fuel financiers, to its clients says Earth is on an unsustainable trajectory. “We cannot rule out …

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Richard Branson’s New Luxe Cruise Line Won’t Allow Kids

A computer rendering of cruise ship called The Scarlet Lady

Bloomberg, February 21, 2020 By Christopher Jasper – Richard Branson’s Virgin brand launched an adults-only cruise ship arm that opens in April — just as the fast-growing sector suffers its most serious setback in years from the coronavirus outbreak. READ: Too fast. ALL the cruise passengers on Westerdam cleared of virus ALREADY? Scarlet Lady, unveiled in Dover, England, on Friday and …

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As Florida, Georgia battle over water, panhandle oystermen struggle to survive

Oyster fisherman harvesting oysters into a boat. One visible in white tshirt and ballcap

Reuters, February 21, 2020 APALACHICOLA, Fla. (Reuters) – Standing in his boat in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay, Michael Dasher lowered a long pair of tongs into the water, pulling up a muddy mass of oysters that his son sorted, keeping those big enough to sell and tossing the rest back into the brackish bay. His 53-year-old calloused hands grasped not just …

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Canada’s Trudeau stresses the need for peaceful end to pipeline protests

Supporters of the indigenous Wet'suwet'en Nation march as part of a protest against British Columbia's Coastal GasLink pipeline

Reuters, February 18, 2020 TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday called for a peaceful solution to end rail blockades by indigenous rights groups protesting the construction of a natural gas pipeline. Indigenous communities across Canada have blocked key rail lines for nearly two weeks to oppose construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in British Columbia, which …

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Environmental groups hold Arctic protest at IMO pollution talks

Two male protestors standing beside red sign that says Dirty Ship Fuels Are Climate Crimes

PortandTerminal.com, February 17, 2020 LONDON – Environmental campaigners have staged a protest outside the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) headquarters in London, calling on the UN’s international shipping regulator to introduce stricter rules on exhaust pollution from ships. Protesters from Extinction Rebellion and the Ecohustler web magazine dressed up as chemists and dead polar bears, and accosted delegates attending the IMO’s …

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