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February 2022

Climate change hastens disease spread across the globe

Late last November, a young man walked into Renee Salas’ emergency room with a circular rash spreading across his leg. Salas, an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, treated him for possible Lyme disease from a tick bite—a diagnosis that bloodwork later confirmed.

Shore power could reduce air pollution at ports

aerial view of boat on water

Maritime Minister Robert Courts has announced plans to accelerate shore power at ports to reduce the pollution from vessels. 

Currently, berthed vessels must run their onboard diesel engines to power lighting, galleys, air conditioning, and other amenities. 

This is the equivalent of a car or van idling while parked, emitting polluting fumes into the air around ports. 

With shore power, vessels will be able to turn off their engines and plug into onshore power sources when berthed. 

The Maritime Minister has launched a call for evidence of onshore power. 



MARIO MOLINA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES ON ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
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