NOAA study finds reducing particulate air pollution in N America & Europe increases hurricanes in N Atlantic

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A new NOAA study covering four decades of tropical cyclones found that reducing particulate air pollution in Europe and North America has contributed to an increase in the number of tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic basin and a decrease in the number of these storms in the Southern Hemisphere.

New Emissions Analytics study suggests pollution from tire wear now 1,850 times worse than exhaust emissions

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To measure tire wear mass emissions, Emissions Analytics uses high-precision scales to weigh all four wheels—tires and rims together, without detaching—over at least 1,000 miles on real roads.


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CARB approves Clean Miles Standard for TNCs

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The Clean Miles Standard (CMS) ( earlier post ) sets electrification and greenhouse gas emission targets for transportation network companies (TNCs)—e.g., Reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Studies have shows that the rise of Uber and Lyft has pulled riders away from public transit and other forms of transportation and increased air pollution in US cities. pooling and deadhead mile reduction).

India’s Shoonya campaign aims to boost electric last-mile deliveries

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NITI Aayog, the Government of India’s official think tank, with support from RMI and RMI India, has launched a campaign to transform last-mile deliveries and eliminate pollution through consumer engagement. With no tailpipe emissions, EVs can contribute immensely to improved air quality, especially in Indian cities where pollution significantly lowers life expectancies.

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Study: plant roadside hedges rather than trees to combat near-road pollution

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Urban planners should plant hedges—or a combination of trees with hedges—rather than just relying on roadside trees if they are most effectively to reduce pollution exposure from cars in near-road environments, according to a new study from the University of Surrey. The researchers found that roadsides that only had hedges were the most effective at reducing pollution exposure, cutting black carbon by up to 63 percent.

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IKEA Canada partners with Second Closet & Lion Electric for last-mile delivery; 15 Lion6 electric trucks

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IKEA Canada has partnered with technology-enabled logistics and last-mile delivery provider, Second Closet, which will begin integrating zero-emission trucks into its fleet for IKEA home deliveries in several markets across Canada. Lion6 electric trucks feature a direct-drive TM4 SUMO MD motor and inverter; battery capacity is up to 252 kWh, for a range of up to 180 miles. It also increases the challenge this poses in terms of pollution, congestion, and noise levels in our cities.

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MIT study: half of US deaths related to air pollution are linked to out-of-state emissions

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The study focuses on the period between 2005 and 2018 and tracks combustion emissions of various polluting compounds from various sectors, looking at every state in the contiguous United States, from season to season and year to year.

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Study finds association of pollution with increased risk of psychiatric disorders

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A new study led by University of Chicago researchers finds an association between exposure to environmental pollution and an increase in the prevalence of neuropsychiatric disorders. million unique individuals), the open-access study, published in PLoS Biology , found pollution associated with increased rates of bipolar disorder and major depression in both countries. The team also found a strong association between polluted soil and an increased risk of personality disorder.

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Study finds US air pollution deaths nearly halved between 1990 and 2010

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A new study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that deaths related to air pollution in the US were nearly halved between 1990 and 2010. The team’s analyses showed that deaths related to air pollution exposure in the US decreased by about 47%, dropping from about 135,000 deaths in 1990 to 71,000 in 2010. and ozone from a 21-year computer simulation of air pollution across the US.

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Study finds NYC Clean Air Taxi rules successful in cutting pollution

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New York City Clean Air Taxi rules are successful in cutting emissions and reducing air pollution, [link] to a new study by researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Drexel University. Between 2009 and 2015, the legislation more than doubled the fuel efficiency of the fleet of 13,500 yellow taxis, leading to estimated declines in air pollution emissions. This study provides evidence that air pollution legislation can have real impact.

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Study infers causal relationship between breast cancer and high exposure to traffic air pollution

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A team at the University of Stirling in the UK has found new evidence of the link between air pollution and cancer as part of a new occupational health study. Dr Michael Gilbertson, who worked with colleague Dr Jim Brophy, said their findings “infer a causal relationship” between breast cancer and very high exposures to traffic-related air pollution containing mammary carcinogens.

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NITI Aayog launches ‘Shoonya’ Campaign to promote zero pollution delivery vehicles

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NITI Aayog launches ‘Shoonya’ Campaign to promote zero pollution delivery vehicles. Over 30 e-commerce, OEMs, fleet aggregators, charging infrastructure companies join hands to deliver green as part of the campaign to clean up final-mile deliveries.

King County Metro to begin testing electric buses that can travel more than 140 miles on a single charge

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King County Metro, the public transit authority of King County, Washington, which includes the city of Seattle, will soon begin testing long-range battery-powered buses that can travel more than 140 miles on a single charge, the latest milestone toward a zero-emission fleet. At that distance, the battery-powered buses could satisfy about 70% of Metro’s bus routes, reducing air and noise pollution throughout the region.

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Study finds farms a major source of fine-particulate air pollution

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Emissions from farms outweigh all other human sources of fine-particulate air pollution in much of the United States, Europe, Russia and China, according a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters , a journal of the American Geophysical Union. However, if combustion emissions decline in coming decades, as most projections indicate, fine-particle pollution will go down even if fertilizer use doubles as expected.

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Portable sensors enable monitoring of pollution on smart phones; inferring pollution maps with greater granularity

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Boxes represent pollution reading locations during that window. Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have built a portable pollution sensors that transmit transmit their air quality readings to smart phones, allowing users to monitor air quality in real time. The CitiSense sensors detect ozone, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide, the most common pollutants emitted by cars and trucks. EPA AQI map of the San Diego County region,with a box added to.

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MPCA to expand EV charging network by more than 2,500 miles in Greater Minnesota; 38 additional fast chargers

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Chargers will be placed 30 to 70 miles apart along seven proposed corridors, including: From Duluth to Grand Portage State Park on MN-61.

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PA Governor Wolf announces $8.5M from Volkswagen Settlement to reduce transportation pollution

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By replacing older, polluting engines with new technologies, the projects over their lifetimes are expected to prevent emission of 503 tons of nitrogen oxides (NO x ), 130 tons of carbon monoxide, 238 tons of carbon dioxide, 59 tons of hydrocarbons, 30 tons of fine particulate matter, and a half-ton of coarse particulate matter. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that 34 cleaner energy transportation projects will receive $8,489,844 in Driving PA Forward grants and rebates.

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Researchers use Google Street View cars for high-resolution air pollution mapping

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demonstrated a measurement approach to for urban air pollution mapping at 4–5 orders of magnitude greater spatial precision than possible with current central-site ambient monitoring. The resulting maps of annual daytime NO, NO 2 , and black carbon at 30 m-scale revealed stable, persistent pollution patterns with “surprisingly” sharp small-scale variability attributable to local sources, up to 5–8× within individual city blocks.

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Pay to pollute: Emissions charges take effect in London

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British pounds ($16.30), follows similar charges on older vehicles in Paris, although it so far applies only to the same 8-square-mile area as London's central On Monday, drivers of older gas and diesel cars in Britain were hit with new fees if they want to drive those cars into the city center in London. The new emissions charge of 12.5

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DOE: despite 13% rise in VMT from 2002-2015, pollution down significantly

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Despite an increase in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) of 13% from 2002 to 2015 (the latest year for which data are available), the total amount of airborne pollutants emitted from highway vehicles has declined considerably, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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Study finds air pollution and GHG costs of crude-by-rail nearly 2x pipeline costs; much larger than spill and accidents costs

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Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have found that the air pollution and greenhouse gas costs of shipping crude by rail are nearly twice as large as those for oil pipelines. Further, their estimates of air pollution and greenhouse gas costs are much larger than estimates of spill and accidents costs—more than twice as big for rail and more than eight times as big for pipelines.

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Study finds airplane traffic a major contributor to particle pollution in Los Angeles

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Scott Fruin, Neelakshi Hudda and colleagues noted that past research has measured pollution from air traffic before, but most of these studies only sampled air within a couple of miles, at most, from airports. 6 miles) downwind. 790 km (174-491 miles). The total freeway length in Los Angeles is 1500 km (932 miles). Spatial pattern of PN concentration. Inset shows wind direction. Credit: ACS, Hudda et al. Click to enlarge.

Port of Los Angeles surpasses 2023 pollution reduction targets five years ahead of schedule; NOx down 60% from 2005

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Using this type of measurement, the Port also posted its best year ever, lowering the average amount of emissions the port generates to move each container of cargo for all eight pollutants tracked by the Port’s emissions inventory, including greenhouse gases (GHG), which were down 30% per container on average since 2005. More ships also are reducing fuel consumption by slowing down within 40 nautical miles of the Port.

VegEase e-grocery startup to deploy EVs for last-mile logistics

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VegEase e-grocery startup to deploy EVs for last-mile logistics. VegEase a cart-at-home e-grocery startup is deploying electric vehicles for its last-mile logistics. The post VegEase e-grocery startup to deploy EVs for last-mile logistics appeared first on Promoting Eco Friendly Travel.

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U-M study: Induced driving miles could overwhelm potential energy-saving benefits of connected, self-driving cars

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The benefits of connected, self-driving cars (CAVs) will likely induce vehicle owners to drive more, and those extra miles could partially or completely offset the potential energy-saving benefits that automation may provide, according to a new University of Michigan study. Higher fuel economy of CAVs will cause the per-mile fuel cost of travel to drop.

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Study Finds Asian Monsoon Carries Pollution Into the Stratosphere

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The Asian monsoon circulation provides an effective pathway for pollution from Asia, India, and Indonesia to enter the global stratosphere, according to a new international study led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo. The finding, published online 25 March in the journal Science , provides additional evidence of the global nature of air pollution and its effects far above Earth’s surface.

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California ARB study finds commuters’ exposures to air pollution greatly depends on mode of travel; light rail, personal vehicles the lowest

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The mode of travel you take on your daily work commute can make a big difference in your exposure to air pollution, according to a new study by researchers at the California Air Resources Board (ARB). The researchers found that electricity-powered light rail trains offer the least polluted travel environment followed by personal vehicles, while commute trips by older technology diesel-powered trains experienced the highest average air pollution levels in Sacramento.

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EPA Proposes Transport Rule to Cut Pollution from Power Plants in 31 States and DC; New Approach for Pollution Reduction

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The proposed Transport Rule sets in place a new approach that can and will be applied again as further pollution reductions are needed to help areas meet air quality health standards, EPA says. Air pollution can travel hundreds of miles and cause multiple health and environmental problems on regional or national scales, EPA noted in a presentation on the proposed rule. In the first alternative, EPA is proposing to set a pollution limit or budget for each state.

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Researchers present new explanation for the long-range transport of PAH pollutants

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When airborne particles (green) form before PAHs adhere, both the pollutants and particles dissipate quickly, as shown in the top row. But when the particles form in the presence of pollutants, which is what likely happens in nature, the longer-lasting particles enable the long-range transport of the pollutants (bottom). Pollution from fossil fuel burning and forest fires reaches all the way to the Arctic, even though it should decay long before it travels that far.

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Study finds even moderate air pollution can raise stroke risks; risk rises within hours of exposure

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Air pollution, even at levels generally considered safe by federal regulations, increases the risk of stroke by 34%, according to a new study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The link between increased stroke risk and these particulates can be observed within hours of exposure and are most strongly associated with pollution from local or transported traffic emissions. Mittleman, MD, DrPH (2012) Ambient Air Pollution and the Risk of Acute Ischemic Stroke.

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California issues draft plan for more efficient, less polluting freight system

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The Draft Action Plan puts forward a single shared vision to improve the efficiency of California’s freight system while reducing its pollution, while continuing to bolster the competitiveness of California’s goods movement system nationally and internationally. Many of these pollutants are emitted in close proximity to communities and pose health risks to nearby residents, highlighting the need for additional steps to protect public health.

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EVgo fast charges 40M miles of EV driving in US in 2017

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EVgo’s US network of DC fast chargers provided 40 million miles of electric driving in 2017; in 2016, the figure was 22 million EV miles. million gallons of gasoline saved, corresponding to 9,000 metric tons of CO 2 emissions which would have otherwise polluted the environment. The EVgo network saw strong expansion in 2017, increasing by 20%, and now has more than 1,000 DC fast chargers across 66 markets nationwide. Network usage set a record with 1.1

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EPA, US Coast Guard to enforce air pollution requirements for vessels operating in US waters

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Coast Guard (USCG) will jointly enforce US and international air pollution requirements for vessels operating in US waters. The most stringent requirements apply to ships operating within 200 nautical miles of the coast of North America. The large marine diesel engines that provide propulsion and auxiliary power on many ocean-going vessels emit significant amounts of pollution. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US.

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Study finds in-cabin particulate pollution up to 40% higher in traffic jams or at red lights

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A new study by a team at the University of Surrey has found that particulate pollution levels inside cars are up to 40% higher when the vehicle is stuck in a traffic jam or stopped at a red traffic light compared to free-flowing traffic conditions. The study also found that car windows closed with the fan/heating off in traffic is the best ventilation setting in traffic—leading up to a 76% reduction in in-car pollutants. miles) round route, passing through 10 different TIs.

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Toyota reveals second iteration of Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell truck: Project Portal 2.0; 300 miles per fill

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The new truck, known internally as “Beta,” expands on the capabilities of Toyota’s first Project Portal test vehicle by increasing the estimated range to more than 300 miles per fill. Since it first began operation in April 2017, the Project Portal “Alpha” truck has logged nearly 10,000 miles of testing and real-world drayage operations in and around the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles while emitting nothing but water vapor.

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Did Mayor Bloomberg in China Drive a Miles Javlon?

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Autobloggreen is reporting that Mayor Bloomberg has driven the first Miles Automotive highway-legal all-electric car off the production line. I will be joined by the chair of Miles Automotive Group, Miles Rubin, and its chief operating officer, Kevin Kiley. and Chinese technology that is taking us forward—toward 100 percent electric-powered vehicles that drastically reduce air pollutants, cut carbon emissions, and are less expensive to operate.

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True Zero H2 network fuels more than 3.7M miles in California in 2016

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million zero emission fuel-cell-car miles in California, eliminating more than 2.3 The California Energy Commission, South Coast AQMD and Bay Area AQMD, which have ambitious goals to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases in the State, provided grants to True Zero for the first phase of its hydrogen network. Fuel from True Zero ’s hydrogen-fueling stations during 2016 powered more than 3.7 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the company.

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UCLA–UC Berkeley paper outlines how CA can boost biofuel production to cut pollution and help the economy

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These high-carbon emitting fuels power our cars, trucks and airplanes, but pollute the air, pose widespread health risks and threaten the stability of the earth’s climate. In addition, the Air Resources Board projects flattened or decreasing vehicle miles traveled due to more compact development patterns and growing demand for non-automobile dependent communities.

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Smith Electric medium-duty electric truck fleet surpasses 700 vehicles and 5M miles of operation

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announced that it has now produced more than 700 of its battery-electric Edison and Newton trucks, which have cumulatively generated more than five million miles on the road. Medium-duty gas and diesel trucks are expensive to operate and are one of the biggest contributors to urban pollution. These vehicles typically travel on fixed routes of fewer than 100 miles in a single day, and are based in a centralized depot, making them ideal for conversion, Smith says.

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Netherlands set to impose pay per mile

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The Dutch government is set to be the first in Europe to replace annual road tax with a pay per mile system for motorists. The polluter pays approach to motoring taxation could help provide an incentive to drivers to cover fewer miles while ensuring a fairer reflection on car use. Tags: Green credentials cost Dutch green tax Netherlands pay-per-mile polluter road tax

Research shows clean fuel-use for ships off California coast extremely effective in reducing sulfur dioxide pollution

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Data collected during a major 2010 state-federal atmospheric research project show that the first-in-the-nation regulation requiring ocean-going vessels to use clean fuel when near the California coast has been extremely effective in reducing sulfur dioxide pollution from ships, according to the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Ships, especially ocean-going vessels, are powered by very large diesel engines that generate a tremendous amount of pollution impacting air quality onshore.

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Study links air pollution and cyclone intensity in Arabian Sea; suggested solutions include diesel filters and two-stroke engines running on LPG fuel

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Pollution is making Arabian Sea cyclones more intense, according to a study in the journal Nature. We’re showing that pollution from human activities as simple as burning wood or driving a vehicle with a diesel engine can change these massive atmospheric phenomena in a significant way. Gonu produced category 5-strength winds in excess of 250 kilometers per hour (156 miles per hour). Scientists are working to better understand atmospheric brown clouds and their effects.

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Commercial Shipping Emits Almost Half As Much Particulate Pollution as Total Released by World’s Cars

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Globally, commercial ships emit almost half as much particulate matter pollutants into the air as the total amount released by the world’s cars, according to a new study led by NOAA and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ship pollutants affect local air quality and the health of people living along coastlines. The study is the first to provide a global estimate of maritime shipping’s total contribution to air particle pollution based on direct measurements of emissions.

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