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Global CitiesUrban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China$
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Robert Gottlieb and Simon Ng

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035910

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035910.001.0001

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The Global Goods Movement System

The Global Goods Movement System

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Global Cities

Robert Gottlieb

Simon Ng

The MIT Press

The chapter describes the history and current issues associated with the large container port facilities in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China. It describes where and how goods are transported from the places where they are produced to their final destination. It analyzes the environmental and health impacts that have developed along this goods movement pathway. Through research and action, pressure has increased to mitigate port and goods movement environmental and health impacts, including most prominently air pollution. That in turn has led to some modest, though important policy changes towards greener operations and where actions in Los Angeles have influenced Hong Kong and vice versa, how both have influenced China’s own policies and operations. The book also identifies and analyzes new trends that are emerging, including the increase in size of the largest container ships, the consolidation of the shipping industry, particularly among Chinese state-run companies, and new and expanding port operations due to the enlargement of the Panama Canal.

Keywords:   Ports, Goods Movement, Fair Winds Charter, Clean Air Action Plan, Clean Trucks Plan, China Shipping, Twenty foot long containers (TEUs), Inland ports, Panama Canal

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